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Minneapolis plans energy-saving hour of darkness on March 28

It’s symbolic, to be sure, but a Minneapolis City Council committee has agreed to again be part of “Earth Hour,” when many uses of electricity will be stopped for an hour.
It’ll be March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

It’s symbolic, to be sure, but a Minneapolis City Council committee has agreed to again be part of “Earth Hour,” when many uses of electricity will be stopped for an hour.

It’ll be March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. And it won’t include any electrical use that’s required for life, safety or operations — like 911 computers, I’d guess. They’re talking about things like decorative lighting, the City Hall clock tower’s neon lights for example.

The point is to made a statement, and participating individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world also will turn off their lights for an hour.

In Minneapolis, 20 buildings have signed up, including the Red Stag Supper Club, the IDS Center, Wells Fargo Center and Target headquarters.

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“Even though it’s a symbolic call to action, Earth Hour had actual energy reduction results last year,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak, “It was a 10 percent drop – double what organizers had expected.”