Stakeholder-Driven Process Results in Minnesota Energy Action Plan

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Post date: September 26, 2016
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October is National Energy Action Month and the MN Department of Commerce will be hosting a webinar to provide an overview of Minnesota’s 2025 Energy Action Plan.

The MN 2025 Energy Action Plan lays out a path for Minnesota to help advance a clean, reliable, resilient, and affordable energy system. The Plan contains strategies, technologies, and opportunities that can be advanced to strengthen Minnesota’s clean energy leadership. 

Work to develop the Action Plan was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project was coordinated by a multisector team which included the Rocky Mountain Institute, MN Department of Commerce, Legislative Energy Commission, LHB, Inc., and Great Plains Institute. The multisector team worked with a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to collect their input on energy technologies and strategies.

The 2025 Energy Action Plan is intended to serve as a tool for advancing implementation of priority energy strategies and technologies. The Action Plan covers recommended strategies in five categories:

  • Transportation
  • Energy supply and grid modernization
  • Efficient buildings and integrated energy systems
  • Industrial and agricultural process
  • Local planning and action

The 2025 Energy Action Plan also identifies cross-sector opportunities with potential to help meet Minnesota's clean energy goals over the next ten years. 

The Great Plains Institute worked closely with the project team and was primarily responsible for coordinating the stakeholder engagement process. This process occurred over the course of a year and included three stakeholder advisory committee meetings, numerous small group meetings, and one-on-one discussions with stakeholders and content specific experts, as well as a series of meetings across Greater Minnesota, hosted by the Clean Energy Resource Teams, to gather feedback from a wider audience. You can find a list of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee as well as more information about the project here

GPI will continue to work with project team members, stakeholders, and other interested parties to work collaboratively to advance the strategies. The Action Plan will not rely on one state agency or a specific interest to make progress on identified cross-sector opportunities, individual strategies, or specific actions, but will require the work of many organizations, agencies, and institutions working together to achieve our goals for a clean energy future. 

If you would like to learn more about the MN 2025 Energy Action Plan please register to attend a webinar on October 12th from 1:30 - 3:00PM (CDT). 

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