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CURE’s energy program seeks to transition our economy to a highly efficient clean energy system. This transition starts by retiring coal-fired power plants, a leading source of global warming pollution and the mercury found in the Minnesota River Basin. By working to increase investment in renewable energy systems and by increasing all forms of energy efficiency in the electricity system, we facilitate the safe, reliable, and affordable transition from coal.


Advancing Minnesota’s Clean Energy Economy: Building on a History of Leadership and Success,” by Sam Gomberg and Sandra Sattler, Union of Concerned Scientists, January 2015. Minnesota is a national clean energy leader. Largely because of the state’s renewable energy standard (RES), Minnesotans today receive more than 15 percent of their electricity from wind, solar, and biomass resources (MDOC 2014). In fact, many utilities are already several years ahead of schedule in meeting the state’s RES, which requires that they produce 25 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2025. Read More…
An Open Letter on Clean Energy and Climate. The signers of this statement are Minnesota scientists, engineers, economists, and health professionals who have expertise relevant to our need to transition to a clean energy economy and have earned, or are working toward, an advanced degree. Read More…
Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning about energy. The framework identifies seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts to support each principle. The guide does not seek to identify all areas of energy understanding, but rather to focus on those that are essential for all citizens K-Gray. It presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. Read More…

Program Contact

Duane NinnemanDuane Ninneman, Energy Program Director


Phone: (320) 269-2984

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