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Minnesota to require 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

February 3, 2023

Minnesota utilities would be obligated to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 to step up the fight against climate change under a bill passed by the Legislature.

The bill was passed by the Senate on Feb. 2 and cleared the House the week prior. It’s a top priority for Democrats, who control both chambers, and for Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who has made it an important part of his climate agenda. The bill is now ready to be signed into law by the governor.

“Climate change is coming and has been here, and it affects everything we do,” the lead author, Democratic Sen. Nick Frentz, of North Mankato, said at the start of a debate that lasted well into the night.

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