Northwest Region


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

Northwest Region Priority Areas:

  • Advance community solar gardens and engage low-income residents, tribal members and utilities in development of new community solar models
  • Deploy Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) as a regional funding mechanism and recruit businesses to use the program
  • Further support and develop the Green Step Tribal Nations framework in conjunction with Tribal Nations
  • Identify and implement biomass projects across the region
  • Scale-up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the region with campus-based efforts and through promotion of new charging stations

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Northwest Contact

Anna Carlson
Anna Carlson
Northwest CERT Coordinator
Email, 218-755-2979

Upcoming Northwest Events

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Recent Blog Posts

Working on a plane in the newly insulated AirCorps Aviation shop
Anna Carlson
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:28pm
Bemidji’s AirCorps Aviation specializes in the restoration, maintenance, and rebuilding of vintage WWII aircraft. They’re now working from more comfortable, well-lit, and energy-efficient buildings thanks to lighting and insulation improvements financed with PACE. What is PACE?...
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,...
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Fritz Ebinger
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:31pm
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson asks livestock producers to apply for a portion of $2 million in grants available for on-farm improvements. “Livestock Investment Grants help farmers stay competitive and reinvest in their industry. Last year, we had 104 livestock...

Northwest Case Studies

The Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) recently used grant funding from CERTs to conduct a community survey in Beltrami County,...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
TPD: July 8 – 14; NEEDS PDF The bright lights along Highway 2 in Crookston, Minnesota are sure to stand out to anyone passing through....

Northwest Steering Committee

  • Paul Aakre, UM Crookston Faculty
  • Bob Backman, active community member
  • David Bahr, Bemidji State University
  • Anna Carlson, Energy Consultant
  • Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
  • Jon Fabre, Otter Tail Power
  • Roger Garton, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Joe Herbst, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Linda Kingery, UM Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Diana Kuklinski, environmental health specialist
  • Shannon Mortenson, City of Warren
  • Michael Triplett, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council

Northwest 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.

Northwest Community Groups

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More Resources for the Northwest 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.

County Renewable Energy Inventories: The goal of these inventories is to match up local renewable energy sources with local energy demand and lessen the reliance on non-local, non-renewable energy. Click here to learn more. Click on a link below to download the inventory for your county.

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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