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By Lauren T. CottrellPublished Aug 03, 2018 09:00:32A new report from a nonpartisan think tank, The Center for American Progress, suggests that Minnesota is already on track to meet its goal of getting 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035.
The Center on Energy and Environment, which recently released its first-ever report, has a long-term outlook of 25% renewables by 2036.
Minnesota is in a good position to meet that goal, the report says.
While the report cautions that Minnesota can’t keep up with the pace of its growth in wind and solar energy production, it does highlight that Minnesota has been able to capture a fair amount of the value of wind and sun power for its residents.
“Our renewable energy infrastructure is the envy of the country,” said John Fennell, president of the Minnesota Wind Energy Association.
“We have the lowest cost of electricity in the country.”
But the report does note that there are still significant gaps in Minnesota’s clean energy portfolio, with less than 5% of Minnesota’s electricity generating capacity in low- and moderate-income households.
That’s largely because of the state’s lack of wind farms, the Center for Energy and Environmental Analysis said.
The report comes at a critical time for Minnesota, which faces an unprecedented wave of retirements due to health and economic issues, and is trying to diversify its energy portfolio.
Wind power accounted for about 2.5% of the total generation capacity in Minnesota in 2016.
That fell to 1.5%, in 2020, the latest year for which data was available.
Wind energy accounted for less than 1% of total generation in 2030, the first year for the data.
Fennell said he’s hopeful the state will be able to continue to grow its wind and other renewable energy production.
“The reality is, as we have been working on our wind resources and solar, we have had the opportunity to invest in the infrastructure and we are going to be able for us to continue growing,” he said.