Minnesota's renewable energy revolution

Wind power is growing in Minnesota, as are other renewables.
Wind power is growing in Minnesota, as are other renewables.
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Renewable sources of energy — solar, wind, and hydro — now place second in Minnesota's energy portfolio. A quarter of electricity generated in Minnesota in 2017 came from renewables, and Minnesota's clean energy boom has become a driver of innovation, investment, and jobs.

What's the future of renewables in Minnesota? What benefits, and challenges lie ahead? And how can you start using renewable energy, today? Four guests take on that question:

• J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy science policy director

• Mike Cashi, environmental policy adviser for Minnesota Power-Duluth

• Gregg Mast, executive director for Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

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• Ellen Anderson, executive director of the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab

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Correction (May 29, 2018): An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of energy Minnesota generated from renewable sources.