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Bill McCann, site manager at Hillcrest recreation center, with the VendingMisers
The City of Saint Paul saves money and energy with new VendingMiser installations on vending machines in public buildings and businesses!

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In support of the country’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced yesterday $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.
SPAM Museum in Austin
Lindsay Wimmer
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:02pm
The hometown of SPAM is getting serious about saving energy. Local government leaders from the City of Austin and Mower County came together Tuesday to talk about ways to reduce overall operations and maintenance...
Minnesota Power Pack
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:50pm
The excitement of the Solar Powering Minnesota conference continues with the launch of the Power Pack Minnesota program! Targeting communities in Minnesota Power territory and adjacent municipal and cooperative...
Patrick Mathwig, New Metro CERT Intern
Trevor Drake
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:09pm
Patrick started volunteering for Metro CERT in March of 2014, assisting with planning workshops and events as well as keeping our communications databases up to date. He is looking forward to becoming even more...
Xcel Energy's Nobles Wind Farm in southwestern Minnesota is supplying electricity to the regional transmission grid.
Joel Haskard
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:59pm
CERTs Co-Director Joel Haskard spoke with Xcel Energy’s Senior Product Portfolio Manager Steve Mudd to get an update on Xcel Energy’s Windsource program. Joel Haskard: Tell me a little about the Windsource...
St. Cloud Area Green Forum
Lindsay Wimmer
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:12pm
Local governments and businesses are looking at options to make their operations more energy efficient. This Wednesday, leaders met at St. Cloud City Hall for the 2014 St. Cloud Area Green Forum. Alex Svejkovsky...

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in Mt. Iron
9:00am to 4:00pm
The 6th annual Iron Range Earth Fest will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Mt. Iron at the Mt. Iron Community Center, Messiah Lutheran Church & Merritt Elementary School. Are you a local business, organization,...
in Green Bay
8:00am to 12:00pm
Attend the Midwest’s Premiere Biomass Heating Expo! Following the success of last year’s Heating the Midwest Conference, this year’s event will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin...
in Minneapolis
7:00am to 9:00am
The week of May 5th is Minneapolis Bike Walk Week. The Brake for Breakfast event will take place on Tuesday, May 6th. We will have free coffee AND local food trucks so you can purchase yummy food from local vendors! We...
in St. Paul
1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office is holding public meetings on its recently released draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation, which would make as much as $4 billion in...

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CERTified Campaigns

Gobble Up Savings with LEDs

Gobble up savings in turkey barns
CERTs is helping turkey farmers reduce energy use by upgrading to LED lighting in their barns. Gobble up lighting savings >>

Light Up Your Station & Save with LEDs

Start saving with LED canopy lights
CERTs is helping Minnesota service stations save energy by upgrading to LED canopy lighting. Learn more >>