This morning, the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy committee held the first hearing of the 100% Bill, which increases the mandated proportion of utility’s retail electric sales generated from renewable energy to 40 percent in 2025 and 55 percent in 2035, and establishes a standard for carbon-free resources to reach 100 percent in 2040.
“This bill is a bold step forward,” testified Jessica Tritsch of the Sierra Club. “As we make this transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, we also have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape our energy system and ensure it benefits all Minnesotans. This bill lays out a framework for some of those opportunities for a just transition, including the creation of local, family sustaining clean energy jobs, and ensuring pollution impacts on environmental justice communities are considered in every decision.”
This 100% Bill is a chance to begin creating an ambitious, inclusive climate future for everyone, and for future generations to come.
“We need 100% clean energy for all Minnesotans, because without it, we won’t have a future. We need it so that my generation and future generations can breathe clean air, drink clean water, and cherish all the natural beauty surrounding us. We need the jobs these industries create to support ourselves and our families. 100% creates a path forward for us, but more than that, it gives us a chance at the lives we deserve,” says TakeAction Minnesota climate leader Halley Norman of Minneapolis, who attended the hearing.
The next hearing for the 100% Bill will be on Thursday, January 28th from 10:30 a.m. – noon. You can submit written testimony by email to Mike.Molzahn@house.mn by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27th.