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Jump Starting Minnesota's Green Economy

Jump Starting Minnesota's Green Economy

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Table of ConTenTs
Executive Summary                2
The Development of the Green Economy                          5Policy Options Outline                                    8Selection Criteria               11Syngas and Green Gasoline From the Farm 13Heating Minnesota From the Ground Up With Heat Pumps             19Suburb to Suburb Bus Transport                             24
Residential Rooop Energy
                              31Improving the Grid, the New Network for Minnesota’s Green Economy 36Wind Power for Minnesota; Utilizing Stranded Wind 41From Economical Plug-in Hybrids to an Electric Car Industry 44Nuclear Power for Minnesota 51
Conclusion: A Call to Action                               55
 
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 Jump Starting Minnesota’s Green Economy
Executive Summary
InTroduCTIon
Minnesota is a national leader in green technology Leadership by the state legislaturehas put Minnesota on the path to produce 25 percent of its electricity by wind andother renewable sources Minnesota is also a leader in producing and using ethanol fortransportation Minnesota has the largest network of E85 ethanol-blend fuel pumps in the
United States. Our leadership in the green technology sector has greatly beneted us; windand ethanol revenues put millions of dollars directly into Minnesotans’ pockets. By geinginto green technologies early, Minnesota has goen a head start into the new economy. But
the rest of the world is catching upClimate and economic concerns are pushing national and local governments worldwide to
aract and develop green businesses. The Chinese leadership in particular is turning their
focus toward the green technologies The world’s fastest growing economy is starting toproduce and consume green technologies such as solar panels, electric cars and fast trainsThe Scandinavian countries have already demonstrated that it is possible to simultaneouslyreduce CO2 emissions and grow the economy In the last three decades with goodleadership, Norway and Denmark have consistently reduced their energy consumptionand delivered strong economic growth These countries are well positioned for economicrevolutionMinnesota needs to stay in the race Minnesota is a highlyeducated state with a very strong university system We have allthe right resources to form a green technology industrial cluster
Minnesota’s track record of forming clusters for cuing edge
technologies like supercomputers in the past to medical devicestoday With strong leadership, we are well positioned to takeadvantage of the changing economic climateThe objective of this report is to inject business and technical discipline into Minnesota’sgreen economy policy framework Minnesota already has had success in improving ourstate’s economy and environment by developing well thought out policy such as the windmandate This was due to a consensus between government and industry based on soundscience and good business practices This report develops a methodology to identify
ways to develop the green economy and back it up with specic and detailed ideas where
Minnesota can and should act
 With strongleadership, we are well positioned totake advantageof the changingeconomic climate.

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James added this note
Starting to see green technology and saving the earth. i will take time to explore more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC68mt...
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Thumbs up for green technology and increased awareness of the subject!
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Minnesota is quickly becoming a leader in the exploration and rollout of green technologies. This report from 2010 compares the various aspects of the Minnesota's newfound green economy.
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great to see this effort in my home state!
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