Clean energy experts from across the state and nation are gathering today in Minneapolis to discuss strategies to strengthen Minnesota’s clean energy economy and align the state’s economic development policies with growth opportunities in the clean energy industry. Today’s Minnesota Clean Energy Economy Summit is part of a National Governors Association (NGA) initiative exploring policy initiatives to build on Minnesota’s leading clean energy reforms, while growing the state’s economy and creating jobs.
“Real progress has been made in the last decade. Today renewables account for 20 percent of our state’s electricity generation, compared with 5.8 percent in 2000. And in just the last four years, wind energy production in Minnesota has increased by 38 percent.” said Governor Mark Dayton. “So we have made important progress, but we still have a long way to go; and I hope this summit will help our state continue moving in the right direction.”
The overarching goals of today’s Summit are: