Renewables now the number two source of power generation in Minnesota

Solar panels stretch across Eichten's solar farm.
While coal still holds on to first place, renewable energy, like solar, is Minnesota's second most popular source of electricity. These are solar panels on Ed Eichten's farm in Center City, Minn. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Renewable energy is now Minnesota's second-largest source of electricity generation. Renewables—solar and wind among them —made up 25 percent of the state's electricity generation in 2017, overtaking nuclear and second only to coal. That's according to a report released last week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which tracks power generation across the country.

MPR host Mike Mulcahy was joined in studio by two guests: Ben Gerber, executive director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS), and Gabe Chan, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. They looked at where renewables are growing and whether that growth will continue.

Use the audio player above to listen to their conversation.

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