In February 2021, Minnesota EEFA partners Community Stabilization Project, Fresh Energy, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia, Minnesota Housing Partnership, National Housing Trust, and Natural Resources Defense Council submitted comments on Xcel’s 2020-2034 Integrated Resource Plan. The comments make the case for continued and expanded investments in equitable clean energy, provide recommendations for a more inclusive process and diverse workforce, and oppose Xcel’s proposed gas plant, which would disproportionately harm BIPOC and under-resourced communities.
Specifically, the Minnesota EEFA partners call on Xcel to commit to future planning improvements that would:
• Support the involvement of impacted individuals and communities in program design and evaluation.
• Explore the formation of an “environmental justice accountability board” that would provide input and oversight on Xcel’s planning activities.
• Commit to advancing tangible goals on diverse recruitment, retention, and advancement at the staff and board levels.