Renewable Energy Fund Gets Critical Look
St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers are considering killing a renewable energy fund that they say has been a failure.
They say the programs haven’t done much to lower the cost of renewable energy. They’re proposing to shift the money instead to a general energy account.
Rep. Marion O’Neill of Maple Lake says doing so would make sure state money is used appropriately. She called the bill to shift the money a “course correction.”
Rep. Jean Wagenius, a Minneapolis Democrat, pushed back during Monday’s meeting of the House Ways and Means committee. She says eliminating the fund would hurt research and development on renewables.