100% Renewable Electricity Goals
The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey adopted goals on April 27, 2018 for Minneapolis to move to 100% renewable electricity: for municipal facilities and operations by 2022 and citywide by 2030. These goals serve as a strategy to meet the City’s aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change goals by moving away from fossil fuels. The resolution responds to overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is a real and existential threat to human civilization and is caused primarily by the combustion of fossil fuels. The City opposes the rollback of climate policy at the federal level and reaffirms its ongoing commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The resolution establishes renewable electricity definitions, priorities, progress metrics, and next steps. City staff have created a municipal operations report on expected future electricity consumption and a follow-up blueprint on paths toward 100% renewable electricity municipal operations. Read the City’s blueprint for achieving this goal.
These commitments came about with advocacy from the Sierra Club and iMatter. The Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign encourages cities to move to cleaner, cheaper, healthier energy with 100% clean, renewable energy for all. The national youth organization, iMatter, is called to befriend and support young people as they collectively step into their authentic voices and power to disrupt the status quo and push local leaders to do what is necessary to end the climate crisis and transition to a just, sustainable society.
( A student speaks on behalf of iMatter at the 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution's press event alongside the Sierra Club, Mayor Frey and City Council Members Schroeder, Fletcher and Gordon)
Minneapolis joins Rochester and Saint Louis Park, and many other cities across the country, in establishing 100% renewable energy commitments.
Last updated May 16, 2018