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Energy Proposals Could "Light Up" Minnesota's Economy

July 31, 2007

Energy will be on the front burner in Congress this week. Stacey Kawakami with the Minnesota Sierra Club says two proposed laws could affect what Minnesotans pay for energy and could lead to jobs producing it.

"One is the renewable electricity standard, which creates a growing market for clean, renewable energy for solar and wind to 20 percent by the year 2020."

Kawakami adds that proposals include boosting auto fuel efficiency standards and increasing reliance on renewable energy, such as power from the sun, wind and farm products.

"They are two really important steps towards a transition from our nation's 200-year old energy policy, which is dependent on unstable and dirty fossil fuels, to a clean, renewable energy policy that will secure our economy, establish energy independence and curb the effects of global warming."

The renewable electricity plan may be good news for the state's economy. While Minnesota is now an energy importer, it could become self-sufficient, and even an exporter, with a decent investment in renewable energy.

"It would create over 3,000 new, good-paying jobs. That comes to about $332 million of income for farmers and rural landowners. And, consumers in Minnesota would save $120 million in lower electricity, natural gas bills by the year 2020, and $260 million by the year 2030."

Kawakami notes Minnesota lawmakers this year passed some of the top renewable electricity standards in the country, and the federal proposal would bring the rest of the country along.

The House is expected to take up the legislation this week, before the summer break.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN