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Citing a new poll conducted by Peak Campaigns, the Sierra Club says voters in the Minnesota Power service area are "overwhelmingly" in favor of using renewable energy sources to power the state.

The Sierra Club says the telephone poll of 401 voters comes out as Minnesota's long-term energy plan - otherwise known as its Integrated Resource Plan - is under review by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

According to the Sierra Club, more than 8 in 10 voters agreed with the statement that "we need to fundamentally change the way we get our energy in Minnesota by modernizing the electric grid to maximize energy efficiency and wind and solar energy use."

In addition, three in four voters agreed that “Minnesota utilities should reduce our need for coal and other fossil fuels by increasing energy efficiency and using more clean, renewable energy.” Almost eight in 10 voters (79%) supported phasing out Minnesota’s oldest coal-burning power plants and replacing them with greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Sierra Club adds.





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