Rochester to use 100 percent renewable energy?

The Rochester Public Utilities Board commits to make a plan to make Rochester use 100% renewable energy.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 2:26 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2018 2:48 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Several community members gathered in the lobby of the Rochester Public Utilities building with high hopes.

While passing out talking points for members to look over before standing in front of the board to share their thoughts, community member Rock Morris tells everyone to take a sticker that reads, 'Ready for 100%'.  "It'll look good to hold while you're talking!"

About eight community members stood to say their reasoning behind wanting to make this change. 

Board member Michael Wojcik was the only board member who spoke on the matter but stated that the consensus between all of the board and staff was that they will make a plan for 100% renewable energy in Rochester.

The crowd broke out in applause and the meeting carried on to other business. But right outside the board room, hugs and high fives were given as this group has been working hard for this decision for years.

Morris tells KIMT, "This is just a commitment to make a plan to look into 100% renewable energy for Rochester. Not that they will go through with it. But this is the first step in the right direction."

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