The landscape of the state is changing. Wind farms now dot the horizon as Minnesota moves to become a top-10 wind energy producer. Wind and solar sources of energy would grow under an ambitious proposal to create a 100 percent renewable energy standard by 2050. Students and strong first-term lawmakers are leading the way, though their efforts are a political long-shot given Senate leaders’ opposition to a new mandate.

But Minnesota has walked down this road before. Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty first signed a nation-leading energy goal of 25 percent renewables by 2025 – a mark the state hit early, and one that took bipartisan cooperation back in 2007.

Stay tuned to Almanac’s continuing coverage of the state’s quest to achieve greater renewable energy adoption.