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Keeping Energy Dollars in MN Forum Video

Keeping Energy Dollars in Minnesota

Minnesota's Energy Future

Produced by Bill Sorem Video Reporter at the UpTake

Keeping Energy Dollars in Minnesota

From the Minnesota's Energy Future Forum on September 27, 2011

It was an exciting evening at the Bloomington Civic Center as Lynn Hinkle and John Farrell described how MN's transition to clean energy could contribute to the prosperty of Minnesotans. They told us clean energy could be an enormous jobs engine. It could also bring the $20 billion our state spends annually on fossil fuels back to MN in the coming decades and grow MN's manufacturing base for solar panels and wind turbine components. "We're talking about accomplishing something truly remarkable," stated John Farrell. Following them, long term energy justice activist George Crocker told us that winning those benefits for our communities would require community organizing.

keeping energy dollars in mn 9-27-11 

1 hour 5 minutes:  presentations; 25 minutes: Q and A

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Moderator - John Doll, Former MN Senator        

and Vice-Chair, Senate Energy Committee

lynn hinkle mn energy future 92711Lynn Hinkle - Policy Development Director, 
Minnesota Solar Industries Association

The Green-Blue Alliance: Solar Energy and Labor Issues in Relation to Clean Energy Development

"Renewable energy is an enormous jobs engine for our state."  Hear about the public policies that can create those jobs.

john farrell mn energy future 92711John Farrell - Director, 
Energy Self Reliant States and Communities Program, Institute for Local Self Reliance

How Distributed Wind Development Can Grow Jobs and Contribute to Economic Development in Minnesota

"Minnesota has a tremendous potential for getting electricity from renewable resources, but an even larger potential in terms of what the economic opportunity could be."

george crocker mn energy future 92711George Crocker - Executive Director, North American Water Office

The Importance of Community Organizing for Developing Distributed Renewable Energy

"Until enough people figure out how to actively pursue their interest,  their community's interest, in securing the benefits that John and Lynn talked about . . .  the power of organized capital will prevail.  Organized people can beat organized capital every time that the people are organized.  The problem is that they're not."

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Prefer a summary?  Brian Hanninen, Think Again MN Board Member, wrote a summary of the forum below.

Background Information for the Speakers for the September 2011 MN's Energy Future Forum

Our speakers explained how distributed wind and solar energy differs from centralized or base energy and how the coming energy revolution can democratize the electricity system.  Following are brief descriptions of their work.

Lynn Hinkle

The Minnesota Solar Industries Association promotes solar manufacturing in Minnesota.  Lynn Hinkle contributed to the strong clean energy provisions in the recently passed Property Assessed Clean Energy Law which allows property owners to finance solar, other renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle plug-in improvements to their homes or businesses through voluntary property assessments.  Under the new PACE law, Minnesota has the potential to significantly increase solar and other types of renewable energy in buildings across our state. 

John Farrell

John Farrell watches developments in renewable energy not only in Minnesota, but also throughout our nation and worldwide. He reports them on his Energy Self Reliant States blog, which contains a broad range of information on wind and solar energy and effective ways to finance their development. 

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Summary of Ways Minnesotans Can Benefit from our State's Abundant Energy Resources

Lynn Hinkle
, Policy Development Director for the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, began the evening with a presentation of how clean energy and, in particular, solar energy could create jobs that can support families.  Hinkle spoke of how the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, with the emphasis on retrofitting of homes, are able to create jobs and reduce energy consumption.   PACE in combination with energy efficiency retrofitting of public buildings and the growth of solar generation systems, can create well-paying jobs within Minnesota across all skill levels and education levels. 

Hinkle provided evidence of how solar energy industry creates more jobs per $1 million of investment compared to fossil fuel investment – 14.1 versus 5.3 jobs.  Hinkle estimates that in the year 2020 that 3,000 jobs that can support a family will exist in Minnesota’s solar energy industry.  Additional benefits of investing in solar energy is that the jobs are created quickly, and Minnesota will move closer to energy independence.  He cautioned, though, the fossil fuel industry enjoys hidden subsidies n the tax code that are larger by a factor of 50 to 12 as compared to transparent subsidies to the solar energy industry.  Hinkle ended with a promising future of accelerated capital investment within Minnesota once the solar energy sector attains 10 percent of the energy production market in the state.

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