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Legislation would boost standard for renewable energy

Feb 28, 2017 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Minnesota's renewable energy standard would jump to 50 percent by 2030 under legislation announced Monday by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, though it will likely face a stiff challenge in the Legislature.

The state's current renewable energy standard - created in 2007 - calls for 25 percent of Minnesota's electricity to be produced from renewable resources by 2025. Currently, more than 21 percent of electric power comes from such sources as wind and solar.

The bills would raise that percentage...