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LED lighting on Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis | Credit: Joe Ferrer/Getty Images
Annette Fiedler
03/07/2016 - 11:40am
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is undertaking a statewide lighting conversion project and saving some money along the way. The project involves converting more than 28,500 roadway lights from traditional high-pressure sodium to LED or light emitting diode technology. The conversion includes replacing the light fixtures and bulbs. “Drivers will see whiter light, but the biggest impacts will be a large reduction in the energy bill and eliminating the cost of bulb replacement every four years,” said Michael Gerbensky, signal design and lighting management engineer for MnDOT’s Twin Cities’ Metro area. “This means having our maintenance personnel out on the roadway less often, which reduces traffic control costs and it means improved safety. That savings can go to preserving our roadways.” MnDOT expects that average annual savings in energy costs will be up to $1.45 million...
Blue Line Travel Center in Worthington, MN
Annette Fiedler
03/07/2016 - 8:14am
Updated March 7, 2016 with indoor lighting project details. Larry and Deb Potter own Blue Line Travel Center in Worthington, MN. For a long time they thought about saving energy with lighting upgrades, but they could not find the right financing to get it done. When they attended a seminar hosted by the Rural Minnesota Energy Board on their new Property-Assessed Clean Energy (or PACE) program, it shed new light on their goals. With the financing received through RMEB’s PACE program, as well as rebates from Worthington Public Utilities and a grant through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the Potters have made the needed updates to the canopy and...
Nissan Leaf Bulk Buy for MN
Joel Haskard
03/04/2016 - 11:18am
Consumers in the market for a new electric vehicle (EV) will be eligible for a special offer from Kline Nissan during the month of March. In partnership with Drive Electric Minnesota, consumers can request a voucher to save nearly 40 percent off the suggested retail price of a Nissan Leaf, when coupled with a federal tax credit. “We are excited to be able to offer consumers a way to significantly reduce the purchase price of a 2016 Leaf SV, said Adam Bazille of Kline Nissan. “The range is now 107 miles, 27 percent more than the base model and all 2015 models.” Interested consumers will need to request a voucher at http://www.driveelectricmn.org between March 1st-31st and bring the voucher into Kline Nissan to begin the EV purchase process. The voucher is only valid during the month of March....
Janet Streff
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:18am
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 Janet Streff, Director of the State Energy Office at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, 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?   Janet Streff: I’ve managed the State Energy Office (SEO) in the Minnesota Department of Commerce for almost 17 years. The primary goal of the SEO’s programs is to accelerate market acceptance of high-efficiency and...
Nancy Lange
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:17am
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 Nancy Lange, Vice Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities 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?   Nancy Lange: I was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by Governor Mark Dayton in 2013. The commission is the state agency responsible for the regulation of Minnesota electric, gas, and telecom industries....
Betsy Engelking
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:16am
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 Betsy Engelking, Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Geronimo 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?   Betsy Engelking: Over the past 28 years, I’ve been very involved in the development and growth of clean energy policy and projects in the Upper Midwest. As an analyst at the Minnesota PUC, I worked on the initial resource planning...
Rebecca Lundberg
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:15am
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 Rebecca Lundberg, CEO of Powerfully Green, 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 Lundberg: I am CEO of Powerfully Green, a solar installation company that focuses on residential solar projects. I hold the General Contractor’s license for Powerfully Green, and am NABCEP certified in PV Installation and Technical Sales.​  ...
Brandy Toft
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:14am
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 Brandy Toft, Air Quality Specialist and Green Team Co-Lead with Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, 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?   Brandy Toft: I work for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, a tribal sovereign government. As part of my work I am Co-Lead of the Band’s Green Team, a group of people from many parts of the Reservation, to identify...
Jodi Slick
Kathleen McGee
03/01/2016 - 8:12am
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 Jodi Slick, CEO at Ecolibrium3, 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?   Jodi Slick: I run a Duluth-based nonprofit organization, Ecolibrium3, that is working on transforming how Duluth generates, distributes, and consumes energy. In 2008, I started the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) with community partners to address our old energy...
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...

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