Saint Paul Approves Climate Plan and Resolution

From Elizabeth Dickinson, 

"On Wednesday, December 18th the St. Paul City Council passed two pieces of business critical to St. Paul’s energy future.  First, it it unanimously passed a St. Paul 350 resolution opposing Xcel ’s proposal for a new fracked gas energy plant in their 15 year plan, and also committing St. Paul to providing ongoing commentary to the Public Utilities Commission and legislature on Xcel’s activities.  

Second, the St. Paul City Council unanimously approved the city’s first Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP), along with some citizen-sponsored amendments to strengthen it, including wording to support Inclusive Financing, community solar and stricter benchmarking standards.  
Feedback offered during public testimony backed up the amendments. Additional desires expressed were for more robust measurements, quicker deadlines to achieve results, stronger commitment to equity and public processes, including formation of a citizen advisory group. Saint Paul City Council President Amy Brendmoen called CARP a living document that would be expanded upon with increasing community input."

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