Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Earth Day Rally

Five years ago, our state took a big bipartisan step to cleaner energy and a stronger economy, proving that we can create thousands of jobs. But our work is not MCEJ Paul and Babe smalldone. Now, we have an opportunity to take the next big step forward – transitioning to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar power, increasing energy efficiency, and making it easier to generate local power.

We can’t afford to wait. We must promote clean, renewable energy, reduce costs and red tape for these industries, and promote energy efficiency to ensure family-supporting jobs, clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a protected natural environment for future generations to come.

Upcoming Event

Come celebrate and support Minnesota’s transition to clean energy sources through statewide policies that increase accessibility to local, renewable energy, sustainable jobs and energy savings programs.

Clean Energy & Jobs Rally and Earth Day Prayer Circle at the Minnesota State Capitol!

Youth Meeting with Governor Dayton
When: Tuesday, April 22 at 2pm – please plan to stay for the rally!
Where: State Capitol, contact natalie@willstegerfoundation.org for details
Who: Anyone under the age of 25 interested in representing youth and climate change
Hosted by YEAMN! and Will Steger Foundation, Sierra Club, MNYEN

Clean Energy & Jobs Rally
When : Tuesday, April 22 at 4pm
Where: State Capitol Rotunda
RSVP and spread the word via the Facebook page.
Hosted by the Clean Energy & Jobs Coalition

Earth Day Prayer Circle
When:  Tuesday, April 22 at 4:45pm
Where: State Capitol Steps
What: Prayers from leaders of multiple faith traditions and music from Connie Borchardt, Jim May, and Fatawu Sayibu (of Tiyumba Drum and Dance).
RSVP and invite your friends to join us here.

Hosted by Minnesotan Interfaith Power & Light

Click here for directions to the Capitol!

Background

We are in a critical time for Minnesota — the environment, the well being of our communities, and our future energy supply. In 2005, Minnesota agreed to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050!  This is the type of transition and commitment we need to hold our policy makers accountable to.

Minnesota has taken great strides toward a sustainable energy economy, but there is much more we can do. We can scale up energy efficiency, saving more energy and creating jobs. We need to ensure Minnesotans get at least half of their electricity from clean renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030.

Minnesota has long been a leader in developing clean renewable energy, but in recent years we have fallen behind other states. Iowa has 40 percent more installed wind generation capacity than Minnesota and three times as many jobs in the wind industry. Minnesota is forty times larger than Delaware, yet the smaller state far surpasses us in installed solar capacity.

Over the next two years, our state and utilities will make choices that will shape Minnesota’s energy system through 2030 and beyond. Taking the next steps today to promote efficiency and renewable energy will ensure family-supporting jobs, clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and attainment of Minnesota’s carbon pollution reduction goals.

THE MINNESOTA CLEAN ENERGY & JOBS PLAN

Provides all Minnesotans with at least 50% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and expands effective energy-efficiency programs that work.

Our 2014 priorities include:

• Improving energy-efficiency opportunities for our schools;

• Creating low-cost energy-efficiency financing tools for businesses; and

• Simplifying and standardizing regulations governing design and installation of the systems to generate clean energy from renewable resources.

2014 Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Policy Agenda

For more information, visit cleanenergyjobs.mn

 

Clean Energy & Jobs Coalition Partners

Alliance for Sustainability | American Wind Energy Association | Applied Energy Innovations | Audubon Minnesota | BlueGreen Alliance | Center for Rural Affairs | Citizen Climate Lobby | Clean Up the River Environment | Clean Water Action | Communications Workers of America Minnesota State Council | Conservation Minnesota | Cool Planet | Distributed Wind Energy Association | Duluth Audubon Society | EDF Renewable Energy | EDP Renewables | Environment Minnesota | Environmental Law and Policy Center | Envision Minnesota | Eureka Recycling | Fresh Energy | Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness | Friends of the Mississippi River | Grand Aspirations | Green Water Energy | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | Institute for Energy and Environmental Research | Institute for Local Self-Reliance | Izaak Walton League | Land Stewardship Project | League of Women Voters – Minnesota | Lower Phalen Creek Project | Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota | Mankato Area Environmentalists | Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy | Minnesota Community Solar | Minnesota Conservation Federation | Minnesota Environmental Partnership | Minnesota Food Association | Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light | Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union | Minnesota Project | Minnesota Public Interest Research Group | Minnesota Renewable Energy Society | Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter | Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association | Minnesota Youth Environmental Network | MN350 | Natural Resources Defense Council | North American Water Office | Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness | Permaculture Cold Climate Research Institute | PRC Wind | Renewing the Countryside | Save Lake Superior Association | SEIU Minnesota State Council | Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 | Sierra Club North Star Chapter | Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection | Transit for Livable Communities | Union of Concerned Scientists | United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 | United Steelworkers District 11 | Vote Solar – Minnesota | Will Steger Foundation | Wind on the Wires | Windustry

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Nearly 250 people came to the capitol on Earth Day to lobby their legislators on the importance of clean energy. The day was filled with energy policy, a solar and plug-in car show, and culminated in a lively rally at 3 pm. The rally kicked off with the youth march for climate action arriving at the capitol, and we heard from notable speakers such as Gov. Dayton, Rep. Ellison, and Will Steger. We were joined by 700 people in the rotunda to make some noise about Clean Energy and Jobs!

Take a moment to call your state Senator to urge them to vote for the Energy Omnibus Bill. To find their contact information, click here. We anticipate the Senate vote will take place on Monday, May 13.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!

Don’t worry, there are still ways to contribute to the effort. Within the next week, we will see a vote on the floor in both the MN House and MN Senate. It’s time to turn up the heat on our legislators to ensure they vote the right way.

Call your legislator today to urge them to vote for the Energy Omnibus Bill. Click here to type in your zip code and get the contact information for your state representatives and senators.

If you live in the metro area and are interested in volunteering to get calls in to Senators, consider joining the coalition phone banks.

Saturday May 4th – 10am – 1pm
Sunday May 5th – 5pm-8:30pm
Monday May 6th – 6pm-8:30pm

 All of these will take place at the Sierra Club’s office, 2327 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406.
Please follow this link to RSVP http://bit.ly/ZA5IJS

 

Dayton puts climate change on his top agenda!

On February 6, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton took time to talk about the urgency of climate change in his state of the state address. This is a huge moment for the climate movement in Minnesota, because it means that we have broad support at the state level! One of the goals of the Advance Next Generation Energy Campaign is to encourage the governor to remain a leader on climate change.

Take some time today to thank the governor for his support.

Follow this link to contact Gov. Dayton

Here’s an example of what you could say:

Thank you for making climate change a priority for Minnesota! Mitigating climate change and reducing our carbon footprint is essential to providing for the future generations of this state. Without our clean air and water, without our land for growing food, we can not survive. Thank you for understanding the utmost urgency of this issue, and for understanding that reducing our carbon footprint provides us with a great opportunity to create jobs and build a sustainable economy. Our children and grandchildren thank you!