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.
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 is one of the leading causes 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:
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 Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) grid reaches into other states. The experts have said that we will likely be short 5 gigawatts of power in our state and region on a hot day. There has been little planning from the Walz Administration. We’ve seen nothing but more mandates for electric 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 unutilized. 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. On site waste recycling minimizes much of the waste compared to old technology and this is happening in Europe right now. 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. Let’s see what other states and first world countries are doing and model after their success.
Question: How much more energy do you believe is needed to fulfill capacity?
Answer: The professionals that operate the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) grid are telling us that we could be 3 gigawatts short of needed electrical capacity on a hot day in just the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) grid territory that services a large portion of Minnesota. That means our goal should be to at least meet that demand. We shouldn’t be faced with critical levels of alert like the citizens in Detroit Lakes (article attached), where they have to plan out whether to shut down residential areas in the afternoon and give uncertainty to businesses. No one will want to open a business in this state, live or retire here if they believe that they won’t have basic electricity needs met. It’s an abject failure on the Walz Administration to not have properly planned for this. In fact, a lot of their plans have caused this problem.
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: These new technologies seem complicated. Why should we pursue them?
Answer: We want studies and development of advanced energy sources and fuels to keep Minnesota at the cutting edge. As we all know, technology changes. We want energy and fuel to be affordable, reliable and clean. Many of these new technologies will put Minnesota as a leader once again. The last four years have been nothing but a reactive, wandering lack of leadership with unrealistic and expensive goals that yield very little results. The California Car Mandates are a prime example of trying to dump thousands of electric vehicles in Minnesota with not enough charging stations, a lack of available electrical supply on our grid and little consumer demand. This is especially acute with our cold temperatures and in rural Minnesota where long drives are the norm.
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 possible 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
Article about power shortages and blackouts: Below zero blackouts? – American Experiment
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 new nuclear technology: Advantages of Mini Nuclear Power Plants – Bright Hub Engineering
Details of electric capacity shortfalls: Summertime … and the risk of blackouts is high – American Experiment
Information about H2 technology: H2 Energy
Information about NH3 energy technology: Introduction to NH3 Fuel – NH3 Fuel Association