Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visited Minnesota today to discuss climate change, among other topics. The meeting was hosted by the city of Saint Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman and an array of voices from the energy sector. McCarthy heard about a variety of Minnesota innovations and ideas.
Meeting at the Science Museum of Minnesota, one of the specific innovations she heard about is advanced heat recovery, which is a heat recapturing and reuse effort accomplished at the Science Museum, with the help of Xcel Energy, the St. Paul Port Authority and many contributing innovators. The effort is netting enormous savings of electricity and building heating costs.
McCarthy has been touring parts of the U.S. in advance of a major announcement expected from President Obama next week on carbon pollution reductions. Details of the proposed rule changes are not known, but it’s expected to target coal-fired electric utilities. This is an area where Minnesota is already a national leader.
Energy sector experts think the state is well positioned to continue toward carbon pollution reduction goals established for the year 2025 in legislation passed in 2007. The private and public sectors, working with citizens, businesses and nongovernmental organizations, have been leaders on numerous successful innovations that can be adapted and scaled up nationwide to responsibly address the climate change.
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