Nearly 90 percent of the electricity we use in Minnesota comes from coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear power: nonrenewable energy sources that pose environmental risks. Burning fossil fuels such as coal releases nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and mercury, which can result in acid rain that makes our lakes unsafe for fishing and swimming and air pollutants that cause breathing difficulties and global warming.
Renewable energy is produced from non-fossil fuel sources. Current sources of renewable energy include wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass and waste-to-energy. Using renewable energy is one of the most important ways to address climate change and reduce environmental impacts. Minnesota has tremendous potential for wind power development, especially in the southern third of the state. By increasing the use of clean, renewable energy sources we can support economic development in Minnesota by choosing local sources and we can dramatically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions released, a major contributor to global warming.
Last updated Mar 25, 2016