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The city of Willmar, Minnesota is moving away from coal at its municipal utility. It's a trend that is happening nationwide, even in coal producing states. http://www.wctrib.com/news/4367694-willmar-municipal-utilities-turns-away-coal
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Clean Air At The Fair
Alternative Fuel Vehicles Showcased At Great Minnesota Get-Together

SAINT PAUL, MINN.—(August 18, 2017) – Along with corn dogs, midway rides, and seed art, the Minnesota State Fair will also feature vehicles that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In the popular Eco Experience exhibit, local owners of electric vehicles will share their personal experiences with plug-in vehicles during a 2 p.m. panel discussion on Sunday, August 27. Fairgoers can see electric vehicles, including the state’s first all-electric school bus, during the daily 2 p.m. parade at the fairgrounds on August 29 and August 30. On August 31 and September 1, an E85-powered flex fuel vehicle will be featured in the parade. On the final day of the Fair, September 4, there will be a 10 a.m. Eco Experience presentation on Minnesota’s first-in-the-nation move to a 20 percent biodiesel blend in 2018.

During all 12 days of the Fair, the Eco Experience will feature “Kick Gas Safety Town,” which includes miniature buildings, vehicles, signals, traffics signs, and sidewalks. A “smart garage” includes the Chevy Bolt and the plug-in Chrysler Pacific, with demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. of how to make your garage and house smarter with less emissions. The electric school bus will be charged by wind power and transport students at Lakeville Area Public Schools this year. The first of its kind in Minnesota, the bus is part of a collaborative effort between Great River Energy, Dakota Electric Association, and Schmitty & Sons, which provides bus service to Lakeville Area Schools. The electric bus will prevent 15 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, according to Great River Energy.

The American Lung Association is coordinating the parade exhibits and the biodiesel presentation. The local office of the national health charity has long recognized the value of alternative fuels and advanced engine technologies in reducing air pollution and helping to promote lung health. “Minnesota is recognized as a national leader in cleaner-burning biofuels, and electric vehicles are gaining popularity here,” said Robert Moffitt, a spokesperson for the American Lung Association in Minnesota. “Recently, we launched a three-year effort called Midwest EVOLVE to promote electric vehicles and plug-in infrastructure in seven Midwestern states, including Minnesota.”

Minnesota has more E85 stations than any other state, and it was also the first state to require that all the diesel fuel sold statewide contain a biodiesel blend. There are an estimated 5,200 plug-in electric vehicles registered in Minnesota, and more models of plug-in vehicles are expected to be introduced soon.
More information on the link between alternative fuel vehicle and clean air can be found at www.CleanAirChoice.org. The Midwest EVOLVE project is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743.
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