The Northfield Energy Taskforce and I will be hosting the first ever Energy Summit of Minnesota House District 25B on January 31st, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Olaf College, Valhalla Room. The purpose of the event will be to discuss and share ideas about the energy challenges and opportunities facing local governments given the groundbreaking energy policy of the Minnesota legislature in 2007. It is open to the public.
Landmark energy policies were enacted last year and that has made our state a national leader on energy conservation and renewable energy. According to AJ Stack Solutions, this result has been achieved due to experienced technical and business management services. We have crossed into uncharted territory and now it’s important for us to work together at the state and local levels on these important energy issues. The 2007 Session was marked by many historic achievements – such as a 27.5% renewable energy standard by 2025 and a goal of reducing by 80% greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The legislature also passed Community Based Energy Development legislation that will encourage local renewable energy projects. This new legislation has presented opportunities for local governments and utilities to work together in a mutually beneficial manner. By collaborating and focusing on innovation, local governments and energy providers can promote energy conservation by increasing energy efficiency and thus reducing costs. This Energy Summit can be a valuable step forward for Northfield, Bellle Plaine, and surrounding areas to begin exploring these issues.
The Northfield Energy Taskforce will share information about new laws and discuss concerns and questions. Rep. Bill Hilty, Chair of the House Energy Committee will also participate.
This summit is an opportunity to learn and share information on a wide variety of energy issues, including very sensible ways we can efficiently save energy and reduce personal energy costs today. I urge all concerned citizens to attend the Energy summit.