Everywhere you turn, in every corner of the state, you will find homeowners, farmers, businesses both large and small, students and others who are everyday heroes of Minnesota's clean energy economy.
Their individual actions to advance clean energy are building momentum to reverse the course of climate change while creating jobs and saving money in the process, because the economics are undeniable - clean energy is the cheapest energy.
In Minneapolis, two brothers installed all LED light bulbs in the apartment buildings they own, because as small business owners, they know that energy efficiency means fewer repairs, less maintenance costs and lower energy bills.
In Mankato, a Navy veteran named Devin is earning his mechanical engineering degree at Minnesota State University and is looking at ways to put wind or solar on his family's farm as a new "crop."
In Lake Elmo, Mary Florence designed and constructed a sustainable and energy efficient home that is coupled with "aging in place" features to ensure comfort in the years to come.
In Lake City, a solar panel installer named Taylor combines his love of the outdoors and his construction skills with the instructions his dad gave him as a nature-loving kid: Leave the planet better than you found it.
And recently, a number of Minnesota's largest companies wrote to state policymakers, pledging their commitment to curbing the effects of climate change and making the case that clean energy policies will boost Minnesota's economy by fostering innovation and "sending a clear signal that Minnesota is open for business."
There are stories like these across the entire state, and Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy empowers that momentum. Through policies that lead our state's energy sector to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, we will ensure cleaner air, create jobs and local economic renewal, invest in affordable clean energy and ensure reliability.
I urge our state's lawmakers to adopt the One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy. Minnesotans are already powering this future. It is time we support them.
Steve Kelley is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce.