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Blue skies are calling…

Letter from the Executive Director Great news to kick off summer! According to a recent report, costs for renewable energy are competitive to the costs of oil, coal and gas-fired power plants and it’s cheaper to choose renewable energy over the development of a new fossil fuel plant. This might explain why our state’s largest […]

The Top 5 Climate Moments of 2018

As we reflect back on the year, we wanted to highlight our top five moments for climate change in 2018 — some solutions-focused, and others setbacks. Amongst the climate change impacts we witnessed across the world, the swell of momentum toward the resilient, equitable, clean energy future we envision inspires us. 1. Xcel Energy committed […]

Glimmers of hope

Letter from the Executive Director We know that 2018 has been a year of occasionally unbelievable bad news, but there have been glimmers of hope as well. Climate change continued to raise the stakes for many communities, as people in the Southeast and the Caribbean continued their recovery efforts after the devastating hurricanes of last […]

From Words to Action!

Letter from the Executive Director Earlier this month we were delighted to see the Paris Agreement ratified, meaning that it will enter into force with historic speed. The Agreement cleared the final hurdle when several European countries formally ratified the pact, meaning that nations accounting for more than 55 percent of the world’s carbon emissions […]

Guess who made the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40?

Letter from the Executive Director I was truly honored to have been selected by the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40, a new program to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region and their work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. We congratulated Xcel Energy’s plan to retire Sherco 1 & 2 by 2026 and slash carbon […]

Xcel shows leadership with decision to retire coal plants.

In the wake of Xcel Energy’s recent announcement that it will be retiring its Sherco 1 and 2 coal-fired power units by 2026 and slashing its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030, I feel that the conversation around climate change and clean energy in Minnesota has shifted in an important way (“Xcel aims to speed […]

Entering the Anthropocene

The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change.

Clean Energy, Climate, and Health: Reflections on the Clearwater Public Forum

It is a fundamental truth that clean energy and human wellbeing go hand in hand – for climate and health activists alike. With the passage of the 2007 Next Generation Act and this spring’s Clean Energy and Jobs legislation, Minnesota has started down the clean energy path that cuts carbon pollution and reduces threats to […]

Students Call on Xcel to Move Beyond Coal

Student Group Delivers Over 1000 Petitions to Ask for Clean Energy Campus Beyond Coal members, UMN-TC students, and community members gathered outside Xcel Energy Inc. on Wednesday, December 7th to deliver petition cards, hear individual’s clean energy stories, and stand for clean energy and a clean future for Minnesota. Students and community members carried wind […]

Tackling Coal and Winning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Since the fall of 2009, Campus Beyond Coal (CBC) has been leading a student run, grassroots campaign to move the University of Minnesota beyond coal power. With the mission of “To bring about, through active engagement and awareness-raising measures, the phase out of coal-fired power on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus” we have built […]