ST. PAUL — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is set to lead a delegation of scientists, lawmakers, farm leaders and energy industry officials to Germany for an international seminar on renewable energy.
The governor's office in a stateme on Wednesday, July 10, said Flanagan would lead the group of 22 Minnesotans to the annual Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy from July 13-20. Leaders from Germany and Minnesota have shared best practices for years. And this year, the delegation is set to learn about and visit areas that have successfully connected renewable energy efforts and other sectors like building, transportation, industry and agriculture.
The delegates are also scheduled to visit Saerbeck as part of their trip. The community of 7,500 has partnered on clean energy and sustainability efforts with the city of Morris. And they'll meet with German officials and clean energy experts.
“I am honored to lead Minnesota’s delegation to the annual Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy this year,” Flanagan said in a news release. “This seminar is an opportunity to learn about how our state can further its commitment to combating the real threat of climate change while creating a prosperous clean energy economy.”
Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz have pushed for ambitious clean energy goals during their less than seven months in office and have lobbied the Legislature to pass a proposal that would move Minnesota’s electricity sector to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. That effort fell flat in 2019, but Walz said he'd take the issue to the campaign trail if lawmakers refuse to pass it in 2020.
The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment is hosting the trip and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding it.