March 14, 2012
By: Insitute for Energy and Environmental Policy
Minnesota Wind And Solar Resources Can Supply 100% Of State's Electricity
Minnesota State Capitol, Photo credit: Mulad (Wikipedia)
Groundbreaking Study Shows It Can Be Done Reliably and Economically
ST. Paul, Minn.--(ENEWSPF)--March 13 - All of Minnesota’s electricity generation needs can be met by wind and solar sources combined with improvements to the state’s electric grid system and energy efficiency policies, according to a report released today. “Renewable Minnesota: A technical and economic analysis of a 100% renewable-energy based electricity system for Minnesota” was researched and written by Dr. Arjun Makhijani and Christina Mills of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) in Takoma Park, Maryland and Dr. M.V. Ramana of Princeton University.
Minnesota’s electricity sector currently accounts for over one third of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. State policy is to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. “A significant change in electricity generation sources is clearly needed to achieve that goal,” Dr. Makhijani explained. “Fortunately, wind and solar can provide 100% of Minnesota’s electricity. These currently available technologies also offer significant job creation and economic development opportunities.”
“Renewable Minnesota” demonstrates that:
“We have identified a number of steps that can help position Minnesota to utilize its available renewable energy resources. These actions will achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr. Makhijani continued. “Transitioning to a renewable energy-based electricity sector will require creation of a more informed technical and cost framework.
Among the new report’s recommendations:
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