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      Minnesota to Germany: Renewable Energy Leaders Exchange Ideas

      Posted on July 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Berlin, Germany

      Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon and a delegation of Minnesota energy industry officials are in Berlin, Germany for a week to exchange renewable energy ideas.

      This week, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon is leading a delegation of Minnesota’s energy industry officials and supporters to Berlin, Germany for a week-long renewable energy conference. The group will meet with their German counterparts to exchange renewable energy ideas with each other. 

      Both Minnesota and Germany are front-runners when it comes to alternative sources of energy – including solar and wind power. 

      Currently, Minnesota is third in the nation when it comes to wind power generation. Powering Minnesota’s renewable energy push is the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard, which sets a goal of producing 25 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by the year 2025. Right now, Minnesota is on track to reach to this great goal.

      Renewable energy is good for both Minnesota’s environment and its economy. A recent survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows our state has roughly 37,000 green jobs – resulting in more than $3.8 billion in annual economic activity.

      To build on past success, new provisions passed by the legislature will help expand solar power use – supporting more than 100 Minnesota-based solar energy businesses.  

      During the exchange with Germany, the Lieutenant Governor, representatives from state government, industry, academia, and non-profits will meet with the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Transportation, and the Foreign Office.

      Our partnership with Germany is a great way to share ideas and to innovate. Using clean, renewable energy will help us protect our planet and create new jobs for Minnesotans.