Rochester picked for German energy partnership
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Rochester Post-Bulletin (April 27, 2016) - Rochester is one of five Minnesota cities chosen to take part in a partnership with German cities that is focused on advancing environmentally friendly energy solutions.
Rochester, Duluth, Elk River, Morris and Warren will participate in Climate Smart Municipalities, an idea and technology exchange program that is part of the German governor's Transatlantik-Programm, according to a University of Minnesota news release.
Germany has set an ambitious goal of getting 80 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050. Each Minnesota city will be paired with a Germany city to discuss strategies for tackling future energy challenges. Representatives from the Minnesota cities will travel to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in July to tour environmentally friendly energy facilities. A delegation from Germany will visit Minnesota in September.
Minnesota has set a state goal of reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions at least 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
"The Climate Smart Municipalities initiative will demonstrate that ambitious climate goals may be reached at the local and regional levels by vastly different and individualized means," said project lead Sabine Engel in a statement.
A wide range of entities have teamed up to sponsor the partnership. They include Germany's federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and Natural Resources Research Institute, the Great Plains Institute, Ever-Green Energy, Minnesota Credit Union Network and several state agencies.