Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Minnesota)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Minnesota|
|Name||Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Minnesota)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Climate Policies|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Program Administrator||Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Housing Finance Agency, Metropolitan Council, and the Departments of Commerce, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Employment and Economic Development, and Transportation|
This statute sets goals for the reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15 percent by 2015, 30 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050, calculated relative to 2005 levels. These levels will be reviewed based on the climate change action plan study compiled by the commissioners of Commerce, the Pollution Control Agency, the Housing Finance Agency, and the Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Employment and Economic Development, and Transportation, and the chair of the Metropolitan Council. To facilitate these goals, the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency shall establish a system for reporting and maintaining an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. These regulations place limits on the construction of new power plant facilities that will contribute to carbon dioxide emissions, unless such facilities demonstrate that they will also offset emissions. Some other exemptions apply. Additional regulations apply for the emissions of high-GWP greenhouse gases, including chlorofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, nitrous trifluoride, and others.
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Minn. Stat. 216H|
|Authority 2:||Minnesota Administrative Rules 7007|
|Authority 3:||Minnesota Administrative Rules 7008|