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

Brian Bluhm
Brian Bluhm
NE CERT Coordinator
Email, 320-295-1637

Northeast CERT tours a wind farm on Iron Range

Recent Blog Posts

Holy Rosary students from Duluth plant pollinator habitat around solar installation at Laurentian Environmental Learning Center
Brian Bluhm
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:02pm
Today, students from Holy Rosary School in Duluth made a positive difference in native northern eastern Minnesota habitats by planting common milkweed, wild bergamot, fragrant giant hyssop and lindleys aster around a new solar PV array at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center near Mesabi,...
Northeast CERT Coordinator Brian Bluhm
Joel Haskard
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:08am
The Clean Energy Resource Teams is pleased to announce that Brian Bluhm has been hired as our new coordinator working with communities to advance clean energy across Northeastern Minnesota. Welcome, Brian! Brian is based at the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency. Brian has a B.A. in...
Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 award program
Dan Thiede
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:21pm
Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 award program highlights emerging leaders throughout the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. This year’s cohort of Midwest-based leaders and innovators from all sectors—industry, government, regulatory, business,...

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

  • 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
  • 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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CERTs Supported Projects

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CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. 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.

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission