Light rail trains will be powered by the wind for Earth Day

For 24 hours, the light rail trains will be powered by wind.
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On Saturday, Metro Transit's light rail lines will be powered by the wind.

The agency teamed up with Xcel Energy to power the Blue and Green lines with 100 percent wind energy for 24 hours in honor of Earth Day, a news release says.

The light rail is already a zero-emission way to travel (it operates using electricity), but using wind power means it's a truly sustainable way to get around the Twin Cities, the release says.

This is being made possible through Xcel Energy's Windsource program, which allows businesses and residential customers to pay a little more every month to get some or all of their energy from renewable resources.

Metro Transit has been taking advantage of Xcel Energy's renewable power programs since 2012, the agency's website says, with a goal of having half of its electrical needs provided by renewables by 2025 (right now 27 percent are).

To read more about Metro Transit's efforts to go green, click here.

Renewable power in Minnesota

Minnesota is now home to more than 100 companies involved in wind and solar energy generation, a report earlier this year found. And the state ranks seventh nationally for installed wind power capacity, the report says.

Renewable energy accounts for 21 percent of the total energy generated in Minnesota. That puts the state well ahead of schedule to achieve 25 percent renewable energy by 2025, as set out in the national Clean Power Plan.

There are also proposal in the state House and Senate – that have support from both Democrats and Republicans – that would set more goals for renewable energy usage in Minnesota.

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