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Amanda Bilek
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:11am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Amanda Bilek, Government Affairs and Communications Director at Great Plains Institute, 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?   Amanda Bilek: I just took on a new role here at GPI adding Communications to my work as our state government affairs lead. This means is that I work with several different members of our program staff on individual...
Jill Curran
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:10am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Jill Curran, Executive Director of Minnesota Waste Wise and Energy Smart, 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?   Jill Curran: I am the Executive Director of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation and am also Director of Sustainability Programs (Energy Smart and Waste Wise) at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Our primary purpose is to advance...
Andrea Lauer
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:09am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Andrea Lauer, Mayor of the City of Royalton, 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?   Andrea Lauer: The energy world in Minnesota is an exciting place and I’m privileged to participate. Currently I serve on the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) steering committee for their Central region and I helped plan the last CERTs conference. In 2014 we...
Shelli-Kae Foster
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:08am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Shelli-Kae Foster, Program Manager at Youth Energy Summit (YES!), 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?   Shelli-Kae Foster: My job as Program Manager for the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) program involves supporting the teams and coaches who in turn support over 30 YES! teams across greater Minnesota. YES! teams are comprised of youth in grades 7...
Annie Levenson-Fal
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:07am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Annie Levenson-Falk, Executive Director at the Legislative Energy 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 use a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Annie Levenson-Falk: I’m the executive director of the Minnesota Legislative Energy Commission (LEC). The LEC is a body of 10 state senators and 10 members of the House of Representatives. My job is to be a nonpartisan resource...
Erika Bailey-Johnson
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:06am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Erika Bailey-Johnson, Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University, 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?   Erika Bailey-Johnson: I am the Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. The Sustainability Office mission is to promote awareness and instill passion for the Earth through research,...
Holly Lahd
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:05am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Holly Lahd, Electricity Markets Director at Fresh Energy, 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?   Holly Lahd: I direct Fresh Energy’s policy development on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and electric grid modernization. I work with a great team of energy experts and partners to design the next set of great Minnesota...
BJ Allen
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:04am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed BJ Allen, Special Projects Manager at Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), 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?   BJ Allen: Our mission is to make solar energy accessible to all income levels and the primary way we do this is through our solar assistance program. The solar assistance program fundraises for and completes installations for...
Jessica Burdette
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:03am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Jessica Burdette, Conservation Improvement Program Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, 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?   Jessica Burdette: I oversee the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), which is the statewide program to achieve utility demand-side efficiency. I oversee the regulation of...
Amy Fredregill
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:02am
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 2016, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Amy Fredregill, Manager of Resource Planning and Strategy at Xcel Energy, 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?   Amy Fredregill: I work for Northern States Power Company Minnesota (NSP-MN) which is one of the operating companies under the Xcel Energy umbrella. I work in the regulatory department. Our department files approximately 1,000...

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