"Minnesota is ready for this legislation," Bly said.  "It's good for Minnesota, good for our environment and good for our economy. Not only can renewables save money, they also create high-paying Minnesota jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and produce significant reductions in global warming emissions, resulting in cleaner air and water."

Bly said a host of issues, including volatile energy prices, Minnesota's increasing dependence on outside energy sources, and the future of our natural resources, point to the need for an ambitious renewable energy standard. He referenced a recent report by the Public Utilities Commission that said Minnesota utilities could use wind power for 25 percent of their electricity at no additional cost.

Bly also spoke about the economic development opportunities generated as businesses begin to invest in new renewable energy technologies.

“Minnesota is recognized as a leader in renewable energy production because we made a commitment years ago to invest in this emerging technology. The Renewable Energy Standard will give the alternative energy industry in Minnesota another boost," said Bly. "This initiative is key to the economic future of Minnesota, and will be good for workers across the state.” 

A renewable energy standard already has bipartisan support with both Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature signing on and the Governor expressing his interest in a standard.

You may contact Rep. Bly at the Capitol at 651-296-7065 or via e-mail at Bly's office is located in Room 557 in the State Office Building, 100 Martin Luther King Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.

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