216C.05 FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
Subdivision 1. Energy planning.
The legislature finds and declares that continued growth
in demand for energy will cause severe social and economic dislocations, and that the state has
a vital interest in providing for: increased efficiency in energy consumption, the development
and use of renewable energy resources wherever possible, and the creation of an effective energy
forecasting, planning, and education program.
The legislature further finds and declares that the protection of life, safety, and financial
security for citizens during an energy crisis is of paramount importance.
Therefore, the legislature finds that it is in the public interest to review, analyze, and
encourage those energy programs that will minimize the need for annual increases in fossil
fuel consumption by 1990 and the need for additional electrical generating plants, and provide
for an optimum combination of energy sources consistent with environmental protection and
the protection of citizens.
The legislature intends to monitor, through energy policy planning and implementation,
the transition from historic growth in energy demand to a period when demand for traditional
fuels becomes stable and the supply of renewable energy resources is readily available and
Subd. 2. Energy policy goals.
It is the energy policy of the state of Minnesota that:
(1) the per capita use of fossil fuel as an energy input be reduced by 15 percent by the year
2015, through increased reliance on energy efficiency and renewable energy alternatives; and
(2) 25 percent of the total energy used in the state be derived from renewable energy
resources by the year 2025.
History: 1974 c 307 s 1; 1980 c 579 s 4; 1981 c 356 s 248; 1987 c 312 art 1 s 10 subd 1;
2007 c 136 art 1 s 2