The emerging clean energy economy supports thousands of good-paying jobs in Minnesota and around the country. And wind, solar, and biofuels are helping to reduce carbon emissions, lower energy bills, and support rural economies. It’s clear that clean energy is a win-win for Minnesota, and that’s why Senator Tina Smith—a member of the Senate Energy Committee—is fighting for federal policies that support these innovative technologies.
Minnesota has long been a leader in renewable energy. The state ranks eighth in the nation for clean-energy patents, and in the last decade, clean energy startups have attracted more than $450 million in investments to Minnesota. In fact, because Minnesota is already close to meeting its goal of generating 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025. While she served as Lieutenant Governor, Sen. Smith pushed for increasing Minnesota’s goal to 50 percent by 2030. A 50 percent standard could create up to 1,500 new jobs each year in the state while lowering the cost of energy for businesses and families, not to mention reducing harmful air pollution. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s biofuel industry generates nearly $5 billion for the state economy every year and supports thousands of jobs, all while producing a fuel that is more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
The bottom line is that clean energy isn’t just smart environmental policy—it’s smart economic policy. The federal government should be following Minnesota’s lead and doing more to accelerate the clean energy transition. We can do this by funding more clean energy research, extending tax credits that incentivize renewable energy, and supporting biofuels. You can count on Sen. Smith to continue fighting for these policies in the Senate.
Senator Says Move Responds to Her Push to Expand Nation’s Use of Renewable Fuels, Increase Demand for Minnesota Farm Products
Senator Says Legislation to Renew Land and Water Conservation Fund is Vital for Minnesota
WASHINGTON, D.C. [10/02/18]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said that a bipartisan measure that she helped push through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today will invest in protecting and enhancing important Minnesota land and water resources.
Says Effort is Necessary to Expand Use of Renewable Energies Like Wind and Solar
WASHINGTON D.C. [08/24/18]— U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said legislation she is introducing would significantly increase America’s energy storage capabilities and help expand the role that renewable energies like wind and solar play in the nation’s energy portfolio.
Senator Says She’ll Push for Details on Special Waivers Given to Wealthy Refiners To Ensure Federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Targets are Met
WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/26/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said she is skeptical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels the agency says will be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply in 2019.
U.S. Senator Tina Smith is calling on the White House to support Minnesota’s rural communities and American energy independence by maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the federal program that sets the level of biofuels—like ethanol and biodiesel—that are blended into our nation’s fuel supply.