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!

 
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

Hartley Nature Center in Duluth renovated its solar energy system and added battery backup
Joel Haskard
Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:04pm
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed August 26th to be “Solar Storage Awareness Day” in Duluth during the commissioning ceremony of a new solar PV and battery storage system at the Hartley Nature Center. We spoke with Bret Pence, project specialist with Ecolibrium3 and co-leader on the Hartley...
If your furnace looks like this it may be time for an upgrade
MN Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 8:24am
As another Minnesota winter approaches, homeowners may be looking to replace an old, worn-out or inefficient heating system with a new high-efficiency model. Most furnaces have a useful life of 15-20 years, while most boilers will last 20-30 years. If your furnace or boiler is nearing the end of...
Community solar garden resources
Sarah Hayden Shaw
Tue, 09/20/2016 - 3:36pm
This past spring, thanks to support from the University of Minnesota’s Central Region Sustainable Development Partnership, Central CERT Coordinator Sarah Hayden Shaw had the opportunity to work with Connor Schaefer, a Masters student at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public...

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