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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:50

Victory for Solar Energy!

Written by Nicole Rom, Executive Director

cleanenergyDue to our Clean Energy and Jobs campaign efforts, the 2013 Legislature passed solar energy legislation.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 07:36

Support Climate Change Education and Fair Trade!

Written by Webmaster

slideshow tenthousandvillages20% of proceeds go to Will Steger Foundation

Thursday, June 20th 5 - 8 pm

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 14:41

slideshow brakeforbreakfastJoin us to celebrate Bike Walk Week in the Twin Cities for a free breakfast along the Midtown Greenway.

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Friday, 03 May 2013 10:15

Our Work Is Having An Impact

Written by Will Steger Foundation

ourwork posterframe2Check out the testimonials we've received lately! Then join us today in continuing our work to engage in solutions to climate change. We have tremendous opportunity to make Minnesota the clean energy leader.

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willspeakingJoin polar explorer Will Steger and others for a public discussion on the cost of burning coal to our climate, natural resources and health and the opportunities for clean energy in Minnesota moving forward.

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Monday, 15 April 2013 16:47

Young People’s March for Climate Action Now!

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Come meet young people from Minnesota for a march to the State Capitol in support of the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign Day of Action!slideshow youngpplmarch

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Friday, 22 March 2013 14:45

slideshow cleanjobsAnswer Governor Dayton’s call to build a sustainable energy future for our state. Join us  on Monday, April 22 as people from across Minnesota come together at the State Capitol to support clean energy and good jobs!

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Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:42

inuitstories slideshowThe Will Steger Foundation, the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis and the Minnesota International Center present, in partnership with the Guthrie Theater, Inuit Films: Sharing Our Stories on March 18.

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Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:12

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On February 7, 2012, Mohamed Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a cop d'etat perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator. The film is the story of his first year in office.

Community Cinema @ the Library

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Together with our members and supporters, the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs campaign will galvanize support for the following policies:

Strengthen our state’s commitment to clean, renewable energy by increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030.

  • With our 25 percent by 2025 RES, our state is well on its way to transitioning to clean, renewable energy. We’ve already created thousands of jobs by driving a market for wind energy in this state, but we have fallen to seventh in the nation for installed wind farms, proving we still have work to do.
  • Increasing the RES to 40 percent by 2030, along with other policies that will speed the development of wind, solar and biomass energy in our state, will create jobs throughout the state, develop a larger market for renewable energy, diversify our energy mix, and improve the air, land and water in Minnesota.
  • By driving the demand for clean, renewable energy, we can ensure that those products are produced here, in Minnesota, creating jobs for Minnesotans and ensuring that companies know our state is open for renewable energy business.
  • Minnesota electric utilities have done a good job implementing the current RES reliably, efficiently and economically.
  • Increasing the RES creates a more flexible and dynamic electrical system for Minnesota that is less reliant on older, more carbon intensive generation. The enhanced RES puts Minnesota back in a national leadership role in preparing for a 21st century economy.

Create jobs, increase the state’s energy independence and improve our economy by establishing a solar energy standard of 10 percent by 2030.

  • This standard will bring more than 2,000 jobs and significant investment to our state, will reduce our reliance on imported energy, keep our hard-earned money here in Minnesota, and give people and businesses the opportunity to be energy producers, not just consumers.
  • This and a set of other policies we are proposing will make solar cheaper, faster and more cost effective for consumers while creating highly skilled, high-paying jobs and economic opportunity in Minnesota.
  • These measures would lower the cost of solar and cut the red tape in government and utilities – getting the government out of the way to allow the industry to grow here in Minnesota.

Save money and energy by increasing efficiency.

  • Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest route to fulfilling our nation’s energy needs and is poised to save nearly $700 billion nationally by 2020, create jobs, and significantly reduce pollution.
  • Retrofitting our state’s commercial and residential buildings will make them more energy efficient, saving consumers money and reducing energy use.
  • Minnesota must provide incentives to utilities to promote and increase energy efficiency.
    • The more energy utilities sell, the more money they earn. So why would they encourage energy efficiency?
    • We propose changing the model - aligning incentives for utilities so their costs are covered - and they are free to devise their own way to make more money from saving energy than wasting it.

Make it easier to generate local power by cutting the red tape and taking government out of the equation.

  • The barriers to producing local power - for instance, high costs of producing power on your own land and difficulty connecting to the grid - are significant.
  • But it doesn’t have to be. This set of policies would make it easier and cheaper to work with the government and to connect to the grid for local, community-based power.
  • It also empowers all Minnesotans to participate in renewable energy projects in their own communities.
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