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Your Green Life: Minnesota Power expands support for electric vehicles

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NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA-- As you drive around the Northland, you may notice more electric-vehicle charging stations.

That because Minnesota Power is expanding support for electric-powered cars, through its EnergyForward strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

Minnesota Power is on the road to a clean energy future and is asking for the community to help.

The company recently proposed rebates for installing residential chargers and a rewards program for customers who own electric vehicles also known as EV's.

Customers who sign up for the proposed rewards program will be able to earn monetary rewards when they charge their EV and will be eligible for a $500 rebate for installing a Level 2 smart charger.

Minnesota Power is also working with business owners to build an EV charging network in Northeastern Minnesota.

"No matter which direction they're going, we want the EV owners to have that comfort that they can get a charge where they need it," said Frank Frederickson, Minnesota Power's Vice President of Customer Experience.

The company is donating Level 2 charging stations to communities including Two Harbors, Virginia, International Falls, Cloquet, and Duluth.

The power company's goal is to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector 50% by 2021 compared to 2005.

Frederickson said, "From a sustainability standpoint, driving an electric vehicle reduces your carbon footprint by over 50%."

Minnesota Power itself is taking steps to reduce carbon within its fleet.
With a goal of having 50% of its light-duty vehicles be electric by 2030.

So what's next? Minnesota Power is looking to work with customers on a potential mine truck electrification pilot.

They said electrification of industry is a key interest of Minnesota Power and its mining customers.

You can find more information on incentives, rebates, and rewards here.

You can watch Your Green Life Thursday's on the KBJR 6 news at 5 p.m.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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