Met Council Partners with Xcel to Operate on 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2040

Met Council Partners with Xcel to Operate on 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2040 Photo: KSTP/File

June 08, 2018 05:46 PM

Xcel Energy and the Metropolitan Council announced Friday a commitment to allow the council to operate on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.

The Metropolitan Council operates wastewater and transit systems in the metro area. According to a release, the council purchases 245,000 MWh of electricity each year, enough to power 25,000 homes.

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"Minnesota has made tremendous progress to support clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meeting our 25 percent renewable energy goal seven years ahead of schedule," Gov. Mark Dayton said in the release. "This new partnership between the Metropolitan Council and Xcel Energy continues Minnesota’s nation-leading efforts to conserve energy, save taxpayer dollars, and support a strong clean energy economy."

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The first action of the new partnership will be to explore powering the Metropolitan Council's metro area wastewater planet entirely through renewable energy. According to a release, that plant alone accounts for 45 percent of the council's total electrical load, enough to power 10,000 homes each year.

Following that action, the Metropolitan Council will contract with Xcel for additional renewable energy every few years until they reach the 100 percent benchmark.

The council is also looking at adding more electrical buses.

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