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Renewable Energy Now Minnesota Law

Minnesota jumped to the forefront of renewable energy initiatives with a new bill signed Thursday. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the bill that calls for 25 percent of the state's electricity come from next-generation power sources by 2025.

The new law encourages the use of renewable energy sources such as wind farms, hydroelectric and solar power, as well as burning plant and animal waste. Right now, about half of Minnesota's energy comes from coal burning.

New York and Maine have similar legislation already in place, but the bulk of their energy comes from hydroelectric power. Minnesota remains at the top as far as developing renewable energy sources.

Check out more on this new law in the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.