Gov. Dayton wants to eliminate coal from state's energy production

By KBJR News 1

Gov. Dayton wants to eliminate coal from state's energy production

July 18, 2014 Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM CST

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says he wants to eliminate coal from the state's energy production.

Governor Dayton made these remarks on Thursday at the State's first clean energy economic summit in Minneapolis.

Over the last decade, Minnesota's use of coal has been reduced by 33 percent.

The Governor said the state is moving in the right direction with renewable energy now accounting for 20 percent of the state's electricity generation.

Companies such as Minnesota Power are making efforts to reduce coal dependence and using more sustainable energy.

"Back in 2005 we were predominately coal based; about 95 percent of our energy mix was coal. Now since that time we have made significant investments in wind energy," said Amy Rutledge, communications manager for MN Power.

Minnesota Power spokesperson, Amy Rutledge, says the company is on track to using one third renewable energy, one third natural gas, and one third coal.

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