A Minnesota-based organization concerned with the current state of electricity is traveling around the state to gather ideas for a more sustainable solution. On June 5, the Citizens League visited Cummins Power Generation’s new global headquarters in Shoreview, Minn., to provide a workshop to Cummins employees on the electrical energy policy.
The workshop was hosted by the Action Committee for Environmental Sustainability (ACES), formerly known as the Climate Change Working Group. About 25 employees participated and gave input that will be used in the next phase of the project.The Citizens League is a multi-partisan policy organization that seeks to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing Minnesota. The workshop at Cummins Power Generation is one of a series that the league is offering this summer with regular citizens, environmental organizations, the utilities and other businesses in the energy sector as it begins the second phase of the electrical energy policy project.
In the first phase, the organization identified six outcomes of an ideal electrical system: affordability, sustainability, reliability, safety/security, efficiency and self-reliance. Phase 2 will consist of narrowing down the scope to tackle the key problems facing the electrical system.
“If we can produce all of the electricity using only Minnesota resources to meet all of our electrical needs in Minnesota, that would be an economic boon to our state,” said Annie Levenson-Falk, Citizens League policy manager who led the workshop.Currently, the nationwide system is anywhere from 60 percent to 90 percent inefficient, Levenson-Falk said. While Minnesota’s system is fairly reliable, national measures show a decline in reliability – a warning to what the state may face if no actions are taken. In addition, as new technologies are introduced to the system, there is a greater likelihood that viruses and other threats will also be introduced.
In Cummins, we demand that everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier and safer environment, and we want to lead the power generation industry in providing clean, reliable and efficient energy solutions that help preserve our natural resources and environment.One of the 10 Climate Change principles is working with advocacy groups and policymakers to develop responsible regulations and a balanced approach to the growing energy needs worldwide. Without engaging policymakers to promote clean and renewable energy sources, Balshe said, the U.S. will continue to lag behind other regions in the world.
The workshop was also driven by other climate change and corporate responsibility values by supporting Cummins’ community sustainability efforts and harnessing the energy of our employees. ACES is planning additional workshops on sustainability topics later this year.
For more information on Cummins Power Generation’s sustainability efforts, contact Wissam Balshe or visit www.cumminspowerdocs.com/climate/climate-landing.html.