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

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...

Recent Blog Posts

Join us at the Eco Experience building at the MN State Fair!
Stacey Pederson
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:08pm
It seems like summer has just barely started, but the Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner—August 21-Sept. 1. For the third straight year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources will host an “Improve Your Home” energy exhibit at the Eco Experience on the north...
Statewide view from the MN Solar Suitability App
Dan Thiede
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:50pm
Did you know that Minnesota has an award-winning Solar Dream Team? It’s true! CERTs is helping a talented team of GIS professionals design an online mapping application for solar energy that will serve an array of stakeholders and the energy industry through the coming boom in solar—and...
Minnesota GreenStep Cities staff
MPCA
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:36pm
The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program is designed to challenge, assist, and recognize Minnesota cities that are “green stars.” Cities are challenged to work through a series of steps—and recognized for steps they’ve already taken—that increase the community’s...

Northeast Steering Committee

  • David Abazs, renewable energy expert
  • Anni Friesen, Duluth Energy Efficiency Project
  • Mindy Granley, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Wayne Johnson, Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Mike Mageau, UMD Center for Sustainable Community Development
  • Bill Mittlefehldt, Staff for NE CERT
  • Tim Olhoff, RREAL
  • Ashley Phoenix, Natural Harvest Food Co-op
  • Jim Plummer, Iron Range Resources
  • Robert Ward, Financial Services Advisor
  • Leo Wilenius, Lake Country Power Coop
  • Okey Ukaga, U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Northeast CERT Operating Procedures

Volunteer & Get Involved

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.