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Rochester City Council candidates discuss renewable energy

Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to Rochester Public Utilities' plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2031.

2022 Midterm Election in United States of America
2022 Midterm Election in United States of America
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ROCHESTER — Rochester Public Utilities has adopted a plan to move toward using 100% renewable energy by 2031.

With that in mind, candidates for Rochester City Council seats in wards 1, 3 and 5 were asked whether they support the current plan, even if it requires a need for increased electric rates to get there.

Here's how each candidate answered the question:

Do you support RPU’s plan to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2031, even if it requires added rate increases along the way?

Ward 1

Andy Hemenway

Patrick Keane

Ward 3

Vangie Castro

Norman Wahl
Norman Wahl did not provide a video response by the deadline. If a video is submitted, it will be added at a later date.

Ward 5

Britt Noser and Kim Norton were asked to provide video responses related to Rochester Public Utilities' plan to 100 percent renewable energy by 2031.
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Candidates for council seats on Nov. 8 ballot were asked to provide video responses related to Rochester Public Utilities' plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2031.

Randy Petersen joined the Post Bulletin in 2014 and became the local government reporter in 2017. An Elkton native, he's worked for a variety of Midwest papers as reporter, photographer and editor since graduating from Winona State University in 1996. Readers can reach Randy at 507-285-7709 or rpetersen@postbulletin.com.
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