Minnesota Lt. Gov. Flanagan to lead MN delegation to Germany for renewable energy seminar

Source: By Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press • Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will lead a delegation of 22 Minnesotans to Germany July 13-20 to attend a renewable energy seminar.

The annual Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy enables leaders in government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector to share ideas on how to best achieve a renewable energy future.

“This seminar is an opportunity to learn how our state can further its commitment to combating the real threat of climate change while creating a prosperous clean energy economy,” Flanagan said in a statement.

Minnesota has been exchanging best practices in energy and sustainability with Germany since 2011. The annual Berlin seminar is part of a larger renewable energy policy dialogue hosted since 2016 by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which provides all the funding for the program.

The U.S. delegation includes the presidents of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota Farmers Union, state Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley, Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Andrea Vaubel, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Chair Katie Sieben and a bipartisan group of four state legislators.