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August 3, 2015

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Minnesota Business & Energy Leaders’ Applaud Release of Final EPA Clean Power Plan
Clean Energy Industries Praise Historic Action, Focus on Readily Available Technology Solutions

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson regarding the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants:

"Today marks a significant milestone on the path to cleaner, more efficient sources of power generation in America using affordable, readily-available technologies. Minnesota can achieve the long-term pollution reductions called for in this plan if the state continues on its current policy-making trajectory and capitalizes on the combination of strong state policies, leadership on energy efficiency and falling prices for natural gas and renewables.

“According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Minnesota is increasing its use of natural gas as a power source and is expanding renewable energy generation in the state as prices for renewables fall rapidly. When you combine these trends with Minnesota’s strong leadership in energy efficiency, it is well positioned to meet the Clean Power Plan targets affordably and reliably – while creating jobs and bringing economic development to the state.

“The Clean Power Plan also offers a great opportunity for constructive partnership and dialogue between policy-makers and the private sector, with clear opportunities to explore state-specific or multi-state options for compliance. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and its members are committed to helping Minnesota adopt clean energy solutions to fit its unique circumstances.”

“Minnesota is already on the clean energy path, thanks to more than a decade of innovative policy and investment from both the public and private sector,” said Jeff Riles, Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Enel Green Power North America. “Enel Green Power is proud to be a part of Minnesota’s growing clean energy economy with a total of 230 MW of installed wind capacity, including through our 200-megawatt Prairie Rose wind project in Rock County. We are confident that renewables will continue to grow in Minnesota and significantly contribute to the state’s clean energy policies.”

“The country is at a crossroads when it comes to energy, and Minnesota is ready to head in the right direction,” said Paul Bertram, Director of Environment, Sustainability and Government Affairs for Kingspan Insulated Panels. “Consumers across the state are already saving money thanks to Minnesota’s strong, smart energy efficiency policies. We are confident that energy efficiency can and should play a central role in helping the state meet its Clean Power Plan targets, saving consumers even more money while helping to create jobs across the state.” Kingspan works closely with Minnesota businesses to improve building designs through smart green envelope first energy efficient technologies and renewables.

Please read the full Bloomberg New Energy Finance Minnesota Energy Factsheet for more details.