Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) on Monday introduced a proposal directed towards the state’s electricity providers to shift to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
“The new policies will ensure reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity in Minnesota,” Walz said, according to the Star Tribune. He added, “They’ll also give the state a cleaner, healthier environment and a strong clean energy economy.”
State lawmakers in Minnesota recently introduced a similar measure, which requires the companies to reach a certain standard before fully relying solely on clean energy. However, Walz’s proposal is open and aims to reach clean energy by 2050 without any prerequisites.
Walz is unambiguous about his approach and thinks that the goal is easily achievable, the Star Tribune reported. It added that Minnesota’s largest energy provider, Xcel Energy, has already said of totally relying upon clean energy by the date. The company though had queries about state lawmakers’ proposal in a hearing last month.
According to the legislator’s bill, Xcel is required to free itself from carbon by 2045. However, Walz’s proposal aims to completely eliminate the reliance on carbon for all industries, small or big, by 2050.
State Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R) voiced concerns about what he called an “extreme” proposal from the governor.
“Governor Walz’s extreme energy proposals would cause Minnesotans’ energy bills to skyrocket, force the closure of reliable and cost-effective power plants, and puts Minnesota all-in on technology that simply cannot provide the reliable power you need to keep the lights on and heat your home in the winter,” said Swedzinski, the GOP leader on the House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division Committee, according to the Star Tribune.
The proposition from Walz comes as Democrats around the nation demand for a stiff action to deal with the long prevailing matter of climate change.
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