Learn Where Your Energy Comes From
While flipping the light switch in your bedroom instantaneously illuminates it, the processes which have allowed for that technology to be commonplace in homes today are far more complex. It is important to recognize the energy required to facilitate on-demand residential, commercial, and industrial power and the impact that generating, distributing, and using that energy has on our environment.
In Minnesota, you pay your monthly home energy bills to Minnesota Power – a large utility company based in Duluth, Minnesota. Minnesota Power relies on a blend of wind, water, biomass, and coal to generate a supply of energy that is, as of 2019, only made up of only 30% renewable sources. While Minnesota Power continues to make efforts towards their transition to a renewable future of energy generation, setting a goal to generate 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2021, coal remains the backbone of their operation.
That being said, as a consumer it is important to know where your energy comes from so you can become a powerful part of the conversation and transition to a renewable future. There are several ways you can contribute to this transition right now! From installing your own solar panels on your home to being cognizant of the fact that saving money on your power bill also means saving energy sourced from fossil fuels.
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