Des Moines Register Opinion, written by Chuck Hassebrook
These voters stand ready to embrace practical policies to create genuine opportunity in their communities. Nearly 90 percent support investment in job training and small business development. Over three quarters support federal investments in renewable energy development, roads and water and sewer infrastructure. Click to read more.
Chuck Hassebrook is the former Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs, based in Lyons, Nebraska.
SEE ALSO: Link to Rural Development And A Renewable Future. Report written by Lucas Nelsen, Policy Program Associate, Center for Rural Affairs
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Conservative Minnesota counties stand to benefit from clean energy development, written by Frank Jossi
A new report says proposed renewable energy investments in Minnesota could create more than 5,000 construction jobs and $7 billion in economic activity, largely in conservative, rural parts of the state. “We are clearly seeing a bigger (political) divide in Minnesota and clean energy is a way to bridge that divide,” said Chris Kunkle, Wind on the Wires regional policy manager for Minnesota. “You’re talking about advancing policies and investments from the Twin Cities that benefit rural Minnesota and create new jobs and tax revenue.” Link to the article.
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Report: Michigan, Minnesota among clean energy ‘success stories,’ written by Andy Balaskovitz
Michigan and Minnesota are exemplar Midwest states when it comes to state-level policy pushing for clean energy development, according to a recent report from the Georgetown Climate Center.
Michigan is credited largely for its commitment to energy efficiency, which has been emphasized by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration as state lawmakers craft sweeping energy policy reform. The administration has also been proactive in modeling the state’s electric-generation future in the context of the Clean Power Plan as well as the state’s largest utilities’ closing several coal plants. Meanwhile, the report credits Minnesota for reducing in-state carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 28 percent between 2005 and 2013 due to strong renewable energy and efficiency standards. Read more.
Organization referenced in Andy Balaskovitz’s article: Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future
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