Tue, 10/15/2013 - 4:13pm
The Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC) developed a new website with a renewable energy portal on the homepage.
Julie Rath with RADC is excited about the new site and content: “Having the portal right on the homepage will open up opportunities for citizens and businesses to find easier access to the tool they need for their own projects, energy rebates, funding sources, etc.”
Posting of actual stories and the energy portal have helped to increase the awareness of CERTs, the GreenStep Cities Program, and other energy-related programs that communities and residents may not have been aware of. Along with the energy portal, postings on Facebook and Twitter have been highlighting energy projects in Redwood County. This marketing of information will help to spark interest in these initiatives and help to promote energy conservation in southwest Minnesota. “I know the website is...
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 8:00am
For students like Kimberly Colgan, participating in the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) program is a life-changing experience. “YES! has definitely impacted my college and career plans. I am now pursuing a degree in industrial process engineering (looking at processes to reduce waste) and I hope to work in a recycling facility to help improve cost and efficiency so that we can recycle as much as possible,” says Colgan, a YES! student and recent graduate from Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
One of the goals of the YES! program is to increase awareness of career, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities. YES!, a program partnership between Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) and Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (PWELC), is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and...
Thu, 08/22/2013 - 8:15am
Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, has been looking at all things energy in a series of videos and reports on energy use. He and other reporters have been trying to break down how and where different types of energy are employed in the U.S.
As it stands, renewable energy makes up only about 10 percent of what we use in the United States. But as energy from fossil fuels declines, renewable energy will likely be asked to shoulder more of the load.
Listen to the discussion on MPR’s Daily Circuit among Alexis Madrigal, Kerri Miller, and listeners.
See the post on the MPR website >>
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 1:57pm
A plant once thought of as only a weed is being investigated as a potential biofuel. Camelina, a two-foot tall plant described as “spindly,” packs a mighty punch.
The seeds are 30-32% oil and can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. A 24 acre plot is currently being utilized for testing camelina alongside soybeans at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Cambridge, Minnesota.
Get the full story on the Minnesota Public Radio’s website
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 2:35pm
The term “wastewater” may become a misnomer—or at least the “waste” part. The City of Brainerd investigated the possibility of using its wastewater as a resource to produce energy for municipal buildings. With the help of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) of $45,000 to conduct research on the topic of untapped energy in wastewater streams, Brainerd is now at the forefront in this field of renewable energy research.
In 2010, a research partnership between the City of Brainerd, Brainerd Public Utilities, the Brainerd School District and an area firm called Hidden Fuels looked into the potential to heat and cool schools and other public buildings by extracting energy from the wastewater stream.
Hidden Fuels is a renewable energy company providing services and products to efficiently capture and distribute unused energy from waste...
Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:59am
Some of Minnesota’s middle school students are getting involved with the clean energy movement! The Clean Air & Biodiesel Lesson & Poster Contest, Sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, was administered by the American Lung Association recently across the state of Minnesota. The contest was open to all 5th and 6th grade classes. The aim of the contest was to have creative students help demonstrate how biodiesel helps protect clean air and our health. Representatives from the American Lung Association in Minnesota presented the students with their awards at the school on May 29th.
Schools with winning classrooms were from Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis and Sky Oak Elementary in Burnsville. The first place class prize was a $50 gift card. Second place class prize was a $25 gift card. All three classrooms that participated received a $50...
MN Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 05/08/2013 - 10:37am
The following is a sample of new energy-related funding opportunities being promoted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
RFP for Conservation Applied Research and Development Grant Program – Seeks proposals from organizations or individuals interested in applied research and development projects that serve to accelerate the development and adoption of new energy efficient technologies and strategies in Minnesota. The information obtained from this effort is intended to inform electric and natural gas utility Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) development and state energy policy.
Eligibility: Individuals, public or private entities actively involved in electricity and natural gas efficiency program implementation or research and development
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 11:28am
The US Department of Agriculture announced their Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant application recently. These grants can pay for up to 25% of the eligible costs of a renewable energy project. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of funding and implement your renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects in the Minnesota. The deadline is now May 31, 2013.
What’s available? USDA Rural Development has recently been made aware of access to additional funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which will increase the 2013 funding from approximately $20 million to $60 million.
What are the deadlines? The application deadline for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvement (REEI) and Feasibility Study grants has been extended from April 30, 2013 to May 31, 2013 to facilitate the spending of these additional funds. The application...
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:12pm
Red Lake Falls, MN—Over thirty people toured the Northwest Manufacturing plant in Red Lake Falls on April 4th to learn about the biomass industry in Minnesota. Northwest Manufacturing is home of the Wood Master furnaces, which use cord wood and biomass pellets as their fuel source.
“These biomass furnaces can be a real win-win for communities in this area,” said Chris May, the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) which organized the event. “It is great to see a technology where people can reduce their heating costs while supporting local manufacturing jobs at the same time.”
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For more information about Wood Master natural energy products, visit http://www.WoodMaster.com
Join hundreds of people interested in biomass at the...
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 12:00pm
May 1st marks an exciting day for the clean energy community of Minnesota! The 2013 Energy for Defense II event will center on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)—the world’s largest consumer and developer of power and energy solutions—and will showcase to the DoD the innovative energy solutions available in the Midwest region.
The Assistant Secretary of Defense of Operational Energy Policy & Programs, the Honorable Sharon Burke, will be the keynote presenter at the 2013 Energy for Defense II event. Accompanying Burke will be Minnesota Senator Al Franken (invited) who is Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The event also includes interactive sessions about operational and facilities’ energy needs, now and for the future.
This incredible event will not only feature powerful speakers, but will also provide a great opportunity...