A Plan to UNLEASH MINNESOTA ENERGY

Reduce Energy Costs for Families!

Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan Have Led an Ideological Crusade Against Energy Production, Hurting Minnesota Families. We have a Plan.

The Plan

Basic things we took for granted before Tim Walz and Joe Biden took office like available power, affordable groceries, ability to drive our cars and safe streets are being extremely challenged on a daily basis. In addition, energy is driving up the cost of living and the leading cause of inflation, of which my plan will directly combat. We cannot follow the Walz policy of hapless inaction, lack of planning, forced and unrealistic mandates, shuttering power plants and incompetent bureaucracy that has led to this crisis. I will lead and I will act. Here is our plan:

  • Tap Existing Resources

    Immediately tap the Renewable Development Fund (RDF) for projects to create Minnesota-based energy sources that can be blended for use in the energy consumption. The fund is separate from the general fund, contains $50 million to $100 million and is available for the legislature and governor to utilize for alternative energy needs, some of which are contained in Jensen’s plan.

  • Finish Hydro Projects and Leverage Them

    Finish the new hydro turbine in Granite Falls and initiate an investigation into utilization of a clean hydro turbine near the Coon Rapids dam or other usable waterways. Hydro power has received broad, bipartisan support in Minnesota.

  • Use our Wood!

    Build effective public-private partnerships to develop wood pellet energy from unused wood residual products in northern Minnesota and development of methane digesters in rural Minnesota to capture and produce energy.

  • Continue Partnerships and make them Better

    Maintain and continue public-private partnerships for wind and solar development, as part of an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy.

  • Lift the Nuclear Moratorium

    Screen and appoint judges that commit to stopping “catch and release” and that will sentence violent criminals to the top recommended penalties in Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. Repeat, violent offenders have been allowed back on the streets largely because of liberal judges releasing criminals by deviating to lower sentences or probation. A recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press illustrated criminals with over twenty prior felony convictions committing further violent crime after repeatedly getting released. Expenses to the state for repeated arrests, prosecution and defense costs, as well as the untold costs to multiple victims prove that in many cases, it saves the state money to keep repeat, violent criminals incarcerated versus the Tim Walz policies of simply releasing them back into society.

  • Bring in the Experts

    Order the Commissioner of Commerce to reorganize the Department with experts who understand base load power, supply and demand of energy, the MISO energy grid and bring professional expertise to the department instead of political appointees from special interest groups. This also would include gubernatorial screening and appointments to the Public Utilities Commission.

  • Suspend Radical California Car Mandates

    Suspend and repeal the new California based car mandates that will increase the price of cars, task the already overburdened electrical grid and make Minnesota uncompetitive.

  • Eliminate Red Tape and Artificial Hurdles

    Issue an executive order to the Departments of Commerce and Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to cooperate with private sector energy providers to identify regulations, permits and licenses that inhibit the ability to produce, procure and distribute energy and report within 90 days so the legislature can expedite and pass needed legislation before the conclusion of the 2023 session.

  • Assess the Base Load and Retirements

    Order a Department of Commerce assessment and determination of the retirement of base load power sources in Minnesota, while consulting and collaborating with power companies. Currently, power plants in Becker, Oak Park Heights and other locations around the state are scheduled to close in the next five years, thereby reducing available power, laying off hundreds of workers and devastating those communities. Does it make any sense to shutter incumbent power plants when there is a need for additional power in the state?

  • Rebate and Credit Excess Dollars

    After utilization of needed funds for energy sources, rebate and credit excess Renewable Development Fund (RDF) dollars to rate payers to combat high energy prices Minnesotans are paying.

Questions and Answers

Question: Isn’t this more of a multi-state problem that the Governor has little to do with

Answer: Indeed it’s a multi-state problem because the MISO grid reaches into other states.  The experts have said that we will likely be short 5 gigawatts of power on a hot day.  There has been little planning from the Walz Administration.  We’ve seen nothing but more mandates for elective cars, which is going to make the problem worse because we don’t have enough energy right now to run the basics of our grid.  Several base load power plants are schedule to close and there’s been no creative discussions or leadership on actually solving the problem.  Minnesota can be a leader on energy for ourselves and our neighboring states.  As in every issue, this is about leadership.

 

Question: Does spending money on this plan break your promise to “give it all back” on the surplus?

Answer: Absolutely not.  We have $50 million to $100 million that’s in the Renewable Development Fund that’s not utilized.  That’s off budget from the surplus and general fund and is intended to be used for exactly situations like this.

 

Question:  How much does this plan cost?

Answer: The short answer is we believe there’s enough money in the RDF to pay for our initiatives.  Some items like finishing up the Granite Falls Hydro Generator is less than $3 million.  Public Private Partnerships on a wood pellet plant is $10 million to $20 million.  The private sector, public utilities and others have capital, generation and transmission dollars built into their budgets.  The average Minnesotan expects to have electricity turn on when they flip their switch.  This impacts everything from nursing homes, to farms to manufacturing to individuals.  I’m not an absolute libertarian that thinks government should do nothing and you should procure your own energy.  Government plays a role to make sure this system can work.  It has been mandating, prohibiting and regulating to the point of creating this crisis.

 

Question: What do you do with the nuclear waste if the moratorium is lifted?

Answer:  First, if you look at the link we provided from the Office of Nuclear Energy in Washington, the emission of waste is much, much less than current technology.  The place we store the incumbent material makes the most sense. We want to have a conversation to see if these make sense and work with the legislature on it.  Current law with a nuclear moratorium doesn’t even allow a discussion to take place.

 

Question: Are you blaming Tim Walz for things out of his control?

Answer: He’s had four years to prepare for this.  He’s had appointment authority to hire the best and brightest who professionally understand energy.  Base load plants are scheduled to close under his watch.  He’s worked on mandating that more electrical energy be used when we have a shortfall of electrical energy right now.  That makes no sense. The average Minnesotan isn’t dumb enough to believe that there’s no responsibility from the administration, both federally and nationally.  What’s next? Blaming Ukraine for lack of electricity?  The buck stops at the top.

 

Question: How do you stop the California Car Mandate?

Answer: We will use whatever tools we have to protect Minnesotans from out of state mandates created by an out of touch Governor.  If the rules are not fully submitted to the State Register, they can be vetoed under Chapter 14 of the Administrative Procedures Act.  If they are fully adopted, we would declare them obsolete and order the MPCA to discard them as such under Chapter 14.  If that isn’t allowed, we will work with the legislature to repeal them legislatively.

 

References and Documentation:

MPR Interview about lack of preparation from Walz Administration: https://mprnews.org/episode/2022/06/14/as-temperature-climbs-is-minnesota-in-danger-of-blackouts-this-summer

Detroit Lakes Newspaper article about pending blackouts in western Minnesota: https://dl-online.com/news/local/monday-is-going-to-be-a-tough-day-dl-utilities-manager-says-rolling-blackouts-possible-this-summer

News Release about closure of energy plants: https://www.mnsenaterepublicans.com/sen-mathews-and-rep-mekeland-call-on-xcel-energy-to-stop-the-closure-of-the-sherco-coal-plants-and-preserve-minnesotas-energy-supply/

Office of Nuclear Energy link on benefits of Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s): https: www.energy.gov/ne/benefits-small-modular-reactors-smrs

Link to mini-nuclear technology: Advantages of Mini Nuclear Power Plants – Bright Hub Engineering

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