Minnesota enacts ambitious renewable energy requirements

23 February 2007 — Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed bipartisan legislation yesterday that sets a state renewable energy requirement of 25 percent by 2025.

The bill requires energy companies to provide 25 percent of power from renewable sources by 2025. Xcel Energy, which supplies approximately half of the electricity in the state, is required to provide 30 percent from renewable sources by 2020.

An additional 5,000 MW of energy from renewable sources would be added to Minnesota’s electricity resources, roughly eight times more than currently comes from renewables. Future renewable energy would include electricity produced by wind turbines, biomass, hydrogen and solar power.

The bill is part of a trend among state legislatures to enact legislation requiring a larger percentage of electricity to be generated from renewable energy sources.

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