Xcel’s huge energy plan offers big chance to address environmental racism

Xcel’s huge energy plan offers big chance to address environmental racism

February 26, 2021 Off By administrator

Making 100 percent of the state’s energy carbon-free by 2040; protecting waterways to create more sustainable food production; investing in green infrastructure. These are just a few of the proposals from the DFL-led State House of Representatives that have environmental activists buzzing. 

But a divided state Legislature–Democrats control the House and the governor’s office; Republicans run the Senate—means those bills have a slim shot at success. 

Unidos MN, a social justice nonprofit that advocates for immigrant communities, wanted to ensure it was directing resources toward a major initiative with a direct climate impact on Minnesota. So the group began organizing around Xcel Energy’s Integrated Resources Plan. 

“We were thinking, ‘How can we envision beyond the legislature?’” Jose Alvillar, a climate organizer with Unidos, told Sahan Journal. 

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