Renewable, carbon-free energy sources dominate Minnesota’s energy economy as emissions decline

Posted on April 27, 2022 by Chris Galford

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According to a new fact sheet released by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), renewables and carbon-free energy sources led the pack for power generation in Northern State last year.

The 2022 Minnesota Energy Fact Sheet determined that renewables accounted for 28% of the state’s electricity generation last year. When expanded to include zero-carbon and nuclear technologies, this percentage rose to 52%. At the same time, emissions from the electricity sector have fallen by 40% over the past decade, even with slight increases in 2021, due to the economic rebound and rising natural gas costs, leading to a slight increase in the use of coal.

“Data from the past year shows how the clean energy transition is unfolding in Minnesota in real time, and the decline in energy imports is a particularly compelling measure as we work toward energy independence,” said Gregg Mast, Executive Director of the CEEM. . “The challenges of 2021 have demonstrated why it is more important than ever to continue to grow our clean energy sector with thoughtful policy and smart investment.”

This transition also improves Minnesota’s energy productivity. According to the fact sheet, the state’s efficiency in energy use increased in 2021. It also means less need to import energy – Minnesota’s energy imports are fell to 10% last year from 22% a decade earlier.

“The State of Minnesota continues to be at the forefront of the energy transition, as evidenced by its continued growth over the past decade. The data tracked by the 2022 Minnesota Energy Fact Sheet confirms the industry’s vital importance to the state’s economy,” said BCSE President Lisa Jacobson. “The facts support continued public policy support and investment in the clean energy sector, for its economic and environmental benefits to Minnesota residents.”

Compared to the larger 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, also commissioned by the BCSE, the numbers showed Minnesota outperformed the national average in several key areas, emissions reductions and carbon-free energy deployment.

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