POLICY

MNIPL's policy action works to bring a moral voice to the public debate about climate change-related policy at the federal, state and local levels. We will contribute to the climate movement by augmenting the moral voice on the climate crisis.

We leverage the existing energy of congregations around Minnesota to bring our voice to the political arena. Through this we build a collective sense of purpose and illustrate that the movement is large scale. We champion a set of issues that are the most relevant and energizing issues, issues that are movement building and a relevant to other ongoing programs that MNIPL supports.

MNIPL develops tools and approaches to systemic organizing for a just and sustainable future and provides those tools and resources to congregations around Minnesota.  Interested in joining our Policy Advocacy Team? Email us at [email protected]

At the Legislature

Guilty by Association

Imagine you’re at a public event, rally or protest. Someone you don’t know causes damage – and suddenly you face the possibility of a fine and civil liability for someone else’s actions. The Minnesota Legislature is considering right now whether Minnesotans can be guilty by association – and the bill (HF3693/SF3463) could have sweeping consequences.

This provision would make it a felony and threaten prison time and large fines for those who participate in or are deemed guilty by association with an assembly where one individual damages critical infrastructure. It is already illegal to damage critical infrastructure.

This bill, sponsored by the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate and silence Minnesotans concerned about controversial projects such as tar sands pipelines. We know what this is: MN legislators protecting corporate interests and infrastructure while taking away our constitutional critical infrastructure, free speech.

Please take action today and tell Governor Dayton to veto the Guilt by Association bill by signing our petition here! For a printable version to share in your community, click here. 

Ongoing Campaigns

Increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard

Already 21 percent of energy produced in Minnesota comes from renewable sources. But given the stakes of the climate crisis, MNIPL believes bolder action is necessary. Unless we unite behind a vision of universal access to clean energy, many people in Minnesota will not have access to the affordable renewable energy they need and deserve.
That’s why MNIPL and key partners have launched a campaign to support legislation to raise the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 50 percent by 2030. We’re asking faith and lay leaders in Minnesota to join our effort by adding their names to a sign-on letter expressing support. Our goal is to collect signatures from 500 faith leaders and 5,000 faith community members by the beginning of the legislative session in February.

Join us Feb 8th for Faith and Clean Energy Campaign: Next Steps from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to learn about the basics of legislative visits with your representatives. We will discuss the details of a legislative visit: how to schedule one, where to go, and what to say. Please join us for this important event to learn about advocating for climate justice at the legislature.

It's Up to Us: Beyond Paris

The US may have pulled out of the Paris Accords, but we can still get the job done.  It's up to individuals, communities, cities, and states to take action.  Click here to sign our Beyond Paris pledge. And then check back on our campaigns to encourage local law makers in MN to adopt a 50% by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard.

Stop the Expansion of Tar Sands Pipelines in Minnesota

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light is joining forces with the Sierra Club, MN350, and others to stop the expansion of Tar Sands Pipelines through Minnesota. Enbridge Line 3 is on par with the tar sands carrying capacity of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Help bring a public voice to process and help us block the approval in MN.  Learn more about our work on Tar Sands here. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

We've had some great wins at the PUC in the last year.

Keep the Community in Community Solar

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering changes to the rate structure for new community solar garden projects. This will affect how much Xcel credits subscribers for the energy produced by these gardens - so the outcome is really important to financing future community solar gardens in Minnesota!

A Residential Adder for community solar is a critical policy that would help keep solar energy feasible for all Minnesota households. Without this policy, it will be much harder to develop additional projects like the solar gardens on Shiloh Temple and six other southern Minnesota locations - projects that expand renewable energy and bring real benefits to many people. Instead, the benefits of new community solar gardens would be mostly limited to large institutional subscribers, rather than the individuals and families this program was originally intended for.

Community solar isn’t community solar if communities can no longer participate. This petition will be submitted to the PUC, asking them to approve this Residential Adder as they consider changes to Minnesota community solar garden program. This will make sure that community solar remains accessible to all. Submit your comment here and share with others in your community!

Stop back for an update on pricing the carbon, community solar rates, and decisions on the expansion of the Enbridge Line 3.

Inclusive Financing

To become carbon neutral, it's going to take everyone.  In this exciting campaign, we are encouraging local utilities to support a program in which energy efficiency and solar projects can be financed through their utility bill.  This nontariff based system has worked in rural conservative counties in Arkansas.  It's non partisan and makes sense for everyone.  To learn more contact [email protected]