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A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: "A lot of these projects are going under the radar"

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Shelby Suhr
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Students at the Rally for a Clean Energy Future. (Left to right) William Hrbacek, Levi Gregg, Tony Maras, Beca Marston, Ella Stewart, Karie Hauer, Paisley Lucero, Val Carlson, Aryana Becchetti

UMD students aim to raise awareness, put a stop to proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center fracked gas plant

UMD students, like many young people the world over, do not see fossil fuels in their future.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group's (MPIRG's) Week of Action culminated in a rally Saturday in downtown Duluth, hoping to convince Minnesota Power (and/or its customers) to abandon plans for the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC) fracked gas plant.

“The proposed NTEC fracked gas facility simply doesn’t make sense. It’s risky for our local economy, our communities’ health and our shared climate,” said Isaac Conrad, President of the University Honors Student Association at UMD in a news release. “With the price of fracked gas skyrocketing, how is this at all okay for Minnesota Power customers who will pay for the plant long after it’s closed?

The PUC is accepting public comments on Minnesota Power’s IRP through April 29th, 2022. Comments may be emailed to consumer.puc@state.mn.us with the subject line ‘Public Comments for Docket Number: E015/RP-21-33.’

The Sierra Club also has a place where you can weigh in; click here for more information.

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