FARGO — Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith is pushing for the climate and infrastructure package to include a Clean Electricity Standard.

Smith says the Clean Electricity Standard (CES) will move our power sector towards 100% net zero carbon emissions and allow power companies to decide how to meet it.

The senator says a technology neutral CES will not only lower energy costs over time, it also will put the United States at the forefront of technology innovation and create good paying jobs.

The plan will allow every utility and region to start where it is and transition to a clean generation with grants and tax incentives.

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"This is the direction that our country is moving in the direction that the world is moving. and the only question is whether we lead or if we follow, and if we lead, we're going to be on the forefront of creating the next generation of clean energy jobs," says Smith.

Sen. Smith says 30 states, including Minnesota, are already living in a state that has used a similar approach reducing emissions.