Northeast Region

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Northeast CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices. Join us!

 
Goals:

  • Work with communities on delivered fuels to broaden their energy options through technologies like solar thermal air heat and biomass
  • Collaborate with business and community leaders to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency and spur economic vitality in the area
  • Work with media to cover local success stories and energy efficiency opportunities

Efforts:

  • We work primarily to further energy efficiency, wind, solar, and education related projects across the region.
  • In 2005, the team adopted an ambitious goal to complete demonstration projects at every school or community in the region. Since that time, many have been matched up with the technical resources they needed to implement their clean energy ideas!
  • We are also looking to more efficiently utilize our natural supply of biomass materials for heating buildings.

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Northeast Contact

Bill
Bill Mittlefehldt
NE CERT Coordinator
Email, 218-726-6146

Northeast CERT tours a wind farm on Iron Range

Recent Blog Posts

Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
Frank Jossi
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:03pm
This interview was originally posted on Midwest Energy News. For two years, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has been showcasing a new approach to financing state and municipal sustainability projects around the state. Called the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP), the concept offers...
USDA Rural Development
Alexis Troschinetz
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:28pm
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) from USDA Rural Development is a great opportunity for Minnesota farmers and rural businesses to save energy with efficiency work and add renewable energy systems. Grants can cover up to 25% of eligible project costs, and loans can cover up to 75% of...
Made-In-Minnesota Solar Rebate Program
MN Dept. of Commerce
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 4:38pm
Applications for the second year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted beginning January 1 and ending February 28, 2015. The program, entering its second year, helps fund new solar electric and solar thermal systems for Minnesota residents, businesses, and communities....

Northeast Case Studies

Being an energy efficiency authority requires practicing what you preach—and that is exactly what Cook County is doing. In 2012, Cook County Higher...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
Randy Washburn has a knack for how things operate. Although he has only been Supervisor of Itasca County’s Facilities Management Office for five...

Northeast Community Projects

These projects emerged from the 2013 CERTs Conference and are open to community involvement. Click on a project to learn more or see all projects statewide.

The goals of this project are to: 1. Pilot a project to convert houses from using fossil fuels to...
Increase the level of energy/sustainability education in middle and junior high schools.
Learn more about this innovative program currently being piloted in Hibbing and assist with...
Work with Lutsen Ski Resort to promote off-peak energy use and to better accommodate alternative (...
Investigate how to more effectively capture the benefits of small-scale, voluntary Renewable...

Northeast Steering Committee

  • David Abazs, renewable energy expert
  • Tim Gallagher, Minnesota Power
  • Mindy Granley, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Alison Hoxie, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Wayne Johnson, Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Mike Mageau, UMD Center for Sustainable Community Development
  • Tim Olhoff, Renewable Energy Expert
  • Ashley Phoenix, Natural Harvest Food Co-op
  • Jim Plummer, Iron Range Resources
  • Robert Ward, Financial Services Advisor
  • Okey Ukaga, U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Northeast CERT Operating Procedures

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Volunteer & Get Involved
Get involved and make connections with others passionate about clean energy! Learn more.

CERTs Supported Projects

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CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects and we’re currently accepting applications! See projects or learn more about grants.

Northeast Community Groups


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More Resources for the Northeast Region

 
Strategic Energy Plan: Each regional team spent considerable time mapping regional energy use and identifying clean energy opportunities in its Regional Strategic Energy Plan. Read all the details on the Regional Plans page.