Minnesota Cemented Itself as a Climate Leader in 2023
May 8, 2024

This op-ed on the 2024 Minnesota Energy Factsheet was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune.

By Lisa Jacobson, President, BCSE and Gregg Mast, Executive Director, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

Last year was a milestone year for clean energy in Minnesota. The state generated a staggering  54% of its electricity from zero-carbon sources, saw significant emissions reductions, and contributed to a massive jump in hydrogen electrolyzer shipments across the country. With new, ambitious state climate legislation and the support of strong federal policies, Minnesota has cemented its position as a national leader at the forefront of the energy transition.

These achievements are captured in the 2024 Minnesota Energy Factsheet, recently released by our Clean Energy Economy Minnesota and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. The 2024 factsheet provides comprehensive information and analysis on Minnesota’s current energy mix, power generation, carbon emissions, and policy landscape after a monumental legislative
session in 2023.

The progress made during last year’s legislative session in St. Paul cannot be understated. In February 2023, the Minnesota Legislature passed the ambitious 100% Clean Energy by 2040 legislation into law. Minnesota joined 10 other states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in requiring a transition to 100% carbon-free or renewable electricity.

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