Northeast Region


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

Northeast Region Priority Areas:

  • Scale-up solar thermal through targeted outreach to sectors primed to adopt solar thermal technologies
  • Increase education and implementation of biomass technologies and projects
  • Collaborate with business and community leaders to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency and spur economic vitality in the area including assisting efforts like Duluth’s Georgetown Energy Competition and Minnesota Power’s Energy Challenge Communities
  • Work to engage more youth in clean energy project including supporting the northeast Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams and Minnesota GreenStep Cities internships

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Northeast Contact

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

Upcoming Northeast Events

Northeast CERT tours a wind farm on Iron Range

Recent Blog Posts

Recent community solar tour in Pelican Rapids
Maggie Kozak
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 1:01pm
Want to have a voice in Minnesota’s clean energy future? Participate in the upcoming Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan events! CERTs will host four (4) events to gather feedback from Minnesotans statewide. Attendees will have a chance to participate in small group discussions on two of these five...
Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program
Diana McKeown
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:12pm
The Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Program is a lottery-based incentive available to Minnesotans who install solar equipment that is made in Minnesota. Metro CERT Director Diana McKeown sat down with Kim Havey, Made in Minnesota Solar Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, to...
CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:53pm
Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help! CERTs seeks to provide Seed Grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota....

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 Steering Committee

  • David Abazs, renewable energy expert
  • Jim DeVries, Laurentian Environmental Learning Center, YES!
  • 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
  • Chris Reed, Renewable Energy Expert
  • Robert Ward, Financial Services Advisor
  • Okey Ukaga, U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Northeast CERT Operating Procedures

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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.