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Katie Retka
Dan Thiede
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Katie Retka, Sustainability Coordinator with the Department of Military Affairs, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Katie Retka: I work as a Sustainability Coordinator for the Facilities Management Office (FMO), Environmental section of the Department of...
Jothsna Harris
Dan Thiede
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Jothsna Harris, Public Engagement Manager at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Jothsna Harris: I’m the Public Engagement Manager at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. My primary role is to lead planning and implementation efforts for Climate...
Elise Amel
Dan Thiede
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Elise Amel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at University of St. Thomas, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Elise Amel: I am the Faculty Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at the University of St. Thomas. Our primary initiative is the Sustainable Communities Partnership, through...
Rebecca Olson
Dan Thiede
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Rebecca Olson, Director of Energy Programs at Neighborhood Energy Connection, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Rebecca Olson: I am the Director of Energy Programs at the Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC), soon to be merging with Center for Energy and Environment (CEE...
Kelly Lady
Joel Haskard
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Kelly Lady, Manager of Marketing and Energy Services for Austin Utilities, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Kelly Lady: I work for Austin Utilities, a municipal utility offering electric, natural gas, and water services to about 12,000 customers. I think if you ask anyone from a small...
Michelle Matthews
Dan Thiede
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Michelle Matthews, Development Manager with RES Americas, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Michelle Matthews: I’ve been involved in a few aspects of this world, including my work in community solar development and my involvement on the Board of Directors of Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL). RREAL...
Robin Weis
Joel Haskard
03/01/2017 - 6:00am
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Robin Weis, Economic Development Director at Southwest Regional Development Commission, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Robin Weis: Robin is the Economic Development Director at the Southwest Regional Development Commission and the Program Director of the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE)...
North Star Solar project
Diana McKeown
02/23/2017 - 9:47am
This article is an excerpt of a recent story from the Chisago County Press. There is a solar boom happening in Minnesota, and with the 100 MW North Star Solar project now complete, it’s booming the most in Chisago County, which estimates that about $350,000 in tax revenue will be created by solar projects in the county. The leasing of the land has also put money in farmers’ pockets where soils were not considered to be premium quality. As Chisago County Environmental Services and Zoning Director Kurt Schneider put it, “We are experiencing the planting of a new crop.” County officials recently shared Chisago County’s experience with solar at a conference of Minnesota counties...
Chris Meyer
02/22/2017 - 10:30am
This is an excerpt from a recent story by Mark Fischenich in the Mankato Free Press. The city of Mankato will reduce its future electrical bills by $1.9 million through subscriptions to solar energy projects in the area, boosting the savings by more than 50 percent from its initial agreement last summer. The subscriptions mean nearly all of the power going to the city’s 10 biggest municipal consumers — ranging from the street lighting system to the civic center to the sewage treatment plant — will be supplied by Xcel Energy at a discounted rate. That figure could grow if more community solar gardens are developed in Blue Earth County or adjacent counties, said Public Works Director Jeff Johnson. “Right now, we’re at 92 percent,...
Project Stove Swap
Joel Haskard
02/22/2017 - 9:04am
Project Stove Swap is managed by Minnesota nonprofit Environmental Initiative, in partnership with Minnesota Power. The project offers financial incentives for residents, nonprofits and businesses with older wood burning stoves to upgrade. The level of incentive varies based on the type of appliance and income level, but can reach up to $10,000. We spoke with Mikey Weitekamp, Senior Project Manager at Environmental Initiative, to learn more. Tell us a little bit about Project Stove Swap.   Mikey Weitekamp: Project Stove Swap is an effort to swap out of old, inefficient wood burning stoves with newer models that save money, reduce air pollution, increase safety and contribute to the local economy....

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