Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon has been appointed co-chair of a national energy policy committee as part of her role with the National Lieutenant Governors Association.
The committee will explore energy and environmental issues.
Announcement of the appointment came from Gov. Mark Dayton’s press office (she doesn’t have her own press staff) just days after Prettner Solon told MinnPost’s Doug Grow that she and the governor don’t really talk, and that she is not sure she will run again in 2014.
As for the energy committee, Prettner Solon said in a statement:
“As Minnesota’s economy and population grows, we undoubtedly will have greater energy needs… [the committee] is a great opportunity to explore new ways to power a 21st century economy, while protecting the integrity of our environment.”
The release notes that Prettner Solon has a solid history of energy experience:
“As a state Senator, Prettner Solon chaired the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee. In 2007, she authored the Next Generation Energy Act that sets a goal of generating 25 percent of Minnesota’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025.”
Said NLGA Director Julia Hurst:
“Energy has been a top issue for all lieutenant governors for years and this committee will facilitate the continued exchange of shared experience and insight on the topic.”