Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has signed into law clean energy goals that target a carbon-free electricity grid by 2040. 


State House File 7 (HF7) amended Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard statute. It added a target for electric utilities, generation and transmission cooperatives, and municipal power agencies to generate or procure by 2035 at least 55% of “eligible energy technology” for retail customers. HF7’s carbon-free requirements exclude both natural gas-fired and coal-fired generation.  

“Minnesota will continue to lead the way on combatting climate change, and we’ll create clean energy jobs in the process,” Walz said. “This bill is an essential investment in our future that will continue to pay off for generations to...