Northwest Region

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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

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Recent Blog Posts

The sun rises over Hutchinson’s new solar PV project, the largest on a landfill in Minnesota, and the first ballast-mounted on a brownfield. Hutchinson’s wastewater treatment facility, the recipient of the array’s electricity, can be seen in the background
Dan Thiede
Tue, 08/09/2016 - 2:34pm
EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative (RE-Powering) encourages the revitalization and reuse of current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites through the development of renewable energy projects, when such development is aligned with a community’s vision for...
The city of Bemidji, Bemidji State University, North Country Electrical Services, Inc., and Otter Tail Power Company partnered to provide electric vehicle charging stations and related equipment
Anna Carlson
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:01am
Join NW CERT Aug. 31st in Bemidji for a free event to learn more about electric vehicles! >>   Bemidji now has three electric vehicle charging stations available to city residents and visitors. The city of Bemidji, Bemidji State University, North Country Electrical Services, Inc., and...
SolSmart Program
Brian Ross
Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:59am
This was reposted with permission from the original blog on the Great Plains Institute website. The Great Plains Institute, one of the CERTs partner organizations, is working with communities across the Midwest to develop local solar resources and capture the economic and environmental value of...

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.

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    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