ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)  -- The Dayton administration is proposing an update to
Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard that would require the state to get 50
percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2030.

Minnesota's current standard, enacted 10 years ago under Republican Gov. Tim
Pawlenty, set a goal of 25 percent by 2025. But Minnesota already gets 21
percent of its energy from renewables.

Democratic Lt. Gov Tina Smith said Monday the proposed ``50 by `30'' standard
would build on that success. She says it would improve air quality, continue
driving down the cost of renewable energy and generate thousands of new clean
energy jobs.

The bill is authored by lawmakers from both parties.

The clean power groups Fresh Energy and Wind on the Wires are welcoming the

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