Saturday, February 10, 2024

Power to Keep the Lights On, That's All I Ask

On Feb. 7, 2023, Gov. Tim Walz signed Senate File 4, also known as the Minnesota Clean Energy Acceleration Act, pledging to lower greenhouse gas emissions by mandating a carbon-free electricity standard by 2040. Technically, the new legislation is a revision to previous energy targets with an updated renewable energy standard of 55% by 2035. The law also adds new carbon-free benchmarks that also must be met: 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and 100% by 2040.

For three months, from early November to mid-January I spoke with industry professionals, read books and other material, and assembled an article recently published in Business North titled, "Is Our Energy Grid at Risk?"

While the new legislation stresses the importance of reliable, affordable and safe energy resources, some energy experts have expressed concerns about the fragility of our energy grid including the North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC).

The bottom line: I'm concerned.

Here a link to the story, "Is Our Energy Grid at Risk?"

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