Minnesota lawmakers begin work on renewable energy bill – KTTC

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are beginning work on clean energy legislation that would require utilities to generate 100% of their electricity from carbon-free resources by 2040.

The push comes as a renewed focus on climate change ramps up with a new administration in the White House.

The bill by Minneapolis Democratic Rep. Jamie Long would raise the requirement for the share of a utility’s retail electric sales generated by renewable energy sources to 40% by 2025 and 55% by 2035.

Nationally, President Joe Biden this week signed several executive orders aimed at limiting global warming caused by burning fossil fuels.

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