State on Track to Meet Renewable Energy Goal
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new report says Minnesota could beat its goal for electricity generated by renewable energy.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce says the state generated 21 percent of its electricity from solar, wind, hydro and biomass power in 2015 - up from 6 percent a decade ago.
State lawmakers in 2007 adopted aggressive renewable energy goals, calling for Minnesota to produce 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025. The department's report suggests the state will meet or beat that goal.
Reports say 17 percent of the state's electricity was generated by wind energy compared to 3 percent in 2005, while coal-fired electricity dropped from 62 percent in 2005 to 44 percent in 2015.