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Energy & Environment Archive

Saving Urban Nature from Extinction
By Natalie Izzo, Macalester College April 10, 2013

It's time again for Minnesota 2020's series of environmental policy op-eds from Macalester College students. In the coming weeks, we'll feature articles that explore…

Embracing the Sun Won’t Burn Us
By Samantha Chadwick, Guest Commentary April 08, 2013

It’s the 21st century. Embracing the sun won't burn us. Each year, Minnesota spends more than $20 billion importing coal, oil and other dirty…

A Verbal Commitment for the Planet
By Roopali Phadke April 03, 2013

It's time again for Minnesota 2020's series of  environmental policy Op-eds from Macalester College students. In the coming weeks, we'll feature articles that explore…

Transitioning Down Energy Mountain’s Slope
By Tim Wulling, Guest Commentary March 20, 2013

Our high standard of living no longer equates to as high a quality of life as we would like. Student debt, fewer long-term career…

Developing Economical Green Technology
By Salman Mitha March 12, 2013

The second in a two-part series. Read part one. Despite sustainability bashers’ efforts, electric cars, LED lights and wind-power are becoming more widely available…

Evoking Nixon to Get Conservatives Back on Green Trail
By Salman Mitha March 11, 2013

The first in a two-part series. Remember back in the early- to mid-2000s, when conservatives like Tim Pawlenty and those concerned with military interests…

Five Ways Forward: Policy Ideas to Move Minnesota Forward in 2013
By Minnesota 2020 Fellows January 30, 2013

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Balancing the budget, restoring tax fairness, and reforming the state education funding formula will capture much…

Activated Voices: Building a Movement for Change
By Tom Niemisto January 09, 2013

Progressive environmental action starts with global thinking at a community level. Margaret Levin works for that vision as state director for the Sierra Club…

A Win for Wind, but Increased Policy Certainty Needed
By Megan Hoye January 07, 2013

The deal to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation included a one-year extension of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind generation. Had the…

Video: The Ford Plant Explorers
By Tom Niemisto December 13, 2012

In higher ed pedagogy, there's more emphasis these days on getting students out of the classroom, away form the isolation of a campus, and…

If It Has to be Shipped, Use Rail
By Will Nissen December 13, 2012

A healthy U.S. economy depends on a healthy American rail system that effectively and efficiently moves freight nationwide. But that system, particularly in the…

Leveling the Playing Field for Renewables
By Michaela Burroughs December 03, 2012

Renewable energy bashers like talking about all of the subsidies the industry receives but fail to mention the financial support coal, nuclear, and petroleum…

VIDEO: Local Plan for Climate Action
By Tom Niemisto November 29, 2012

The City of Minneapolis is embarking on a once-in-a-generation plan to cut carbon emissions and propel the city as the most energy efficient in…

Clear Price Needed for Solar Juice
By Will Nissen November 29, 2012

When starting and running a business, you continually want to determine and adjust to the size of the market you’re in and the price…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Real vs. Mythic Energy Independence
By John R. Van Hecke November 16, 2012

There’s the right kind of energy independence and then there’s the wrong kind. Hurricane Sandy, rolling over the North American Atlantic seaboard, reminds us…

Energy Policy in Minnesota’s New Political Landscape
By Will Nissen November 15, 2012

Many progressive groups in Minnesota see the new political landscape (with the progressives controlling the house, senate and governor's office for the first time…

Building a Green, Sustainable Regional Economy
By Timothy Nolan, Guest Commentary November 12, 2012

Seven Generations sustainability is an ecological concept that admonishes the current generation of humans to be working for the benefit of the seventh generation…

Concepts for an Integrated Systems Approach to Green, Sustainable Development
By Timothy Nolan, Guest Commentary November 12, 2012

Best Practice asserts that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a desired outcome, with…

A Hard Look at Minnesota’s Coal Plants
By Will Nissen November 07, 2012

On November 1st, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted 5-0 to have Minnesota’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, submit a plan by July of…

Solar Options for the Roof Challenged
By Will Nissen November 01, 2012

There are many factors that can prevent a person or business from installing solar panels on a home or building in Minnesota that have…

Xcel Needs Stronger Clean Energy Commitment
By Margaret Levin, Guest Commentary November 01, 2012

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission is expected to issue a decision on Xcel Energy’s resource plan today, which outlines the utility’s vision for energy production…

Tuesday Talk: How to move beyond “Drill, baby, drill”?
By Joe Sheeran October 30, 2012

Be wary of candidates perpetuating the myth that the United States can drill its way to energy independence and lower gas prices. The reality…

Animating Minnesota’s Energy Future
By Will Nissen ; Rachel Weeks & Tom Niemisto, Communications October 22, 2012

We have an opportunity for energy utilities to diversify, from just generating and selling power to being a comprehensive energy services and management provider.…

Low Heating Prices Don’t Equal Savings
By Will Nissen October 18, 2012

For Minnesotans who know our state’s winters, last year was weird. Temperatures were mostly balmy but sometimes plunged below zero in parts of the…

VIDEO: Sun Water
By Tom Niemisto October 18, 2012

Heating water eats up a lot of energy. In Minnesota, the colder climate puts even more demand on hot water systems. However, the state's…

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