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The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries during Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28.

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Women in Energy Interviews

Kate Wolford with The McKnight Foundation
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:56pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Kate Wolford, President of The McKnight Foundation, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Kate Wolford: I serve as president of The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation...
Michelle Gransee with Minnesota Department of Commerce
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:46pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Michelle Joy Gransee, State Energy Office Manager – Clean Energy & Programs at Minnesota Department of Commerce, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Michelle...
Becky Alexander with LHB
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:37pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Becky Alexander, Architect and Researcher at LHB, Inc., to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Becky Alexander: As an architect and sustainability researcher at local architecture and...
Nina Axelson with Ever-Green Energy
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:29pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Nina Axelson, Vice President Public Relations with Ever-Green Energy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Nina Axelson: I oversee public affairs for Ever-Green Energy, a utility...
Shanelle Montana with EDF Renewable Energy
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:24pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Shanelle Montana, Senior Project Developer with EDF Renewable Energy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Shanelle Montana: I focus on development in the MISO (Midcontinent Independent...
Lola Schoenrich with Great Plains Institute
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:14pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Lola Schoenrich, Vice President with Great Plains Institute, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Lola Schoenrich: I am a Vice President at the Great Plains Institute, leading our...
Nancy Kelly with Michaels Energy
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:04pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Nancy Kelly, Managing Engineer for Evaluation at Michaels Energy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Nancy Kelly: I currently work for Michaels Energy, an energy efficiency consulting...
Katherine Teiken with Minnesota Housing
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:47pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Katherine Teiken, Energy Efficiency Fellow with Minnesota Housing, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Katherine Teiken: I started my career by working in single-family residential energy...
Erica Forsman with US Solar Corporation
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:43pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Erica Forsman, Project Developer with United States Solar Corporation, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Erica Forsman: I work as a Project Developer for US Solar, a developer, owner, and...
Lynette Engelhardt Stott with Three Rivers Community Action
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:39pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Lynette Engelhardt Stott, Energy Programs Coordinator with Three Rivers Community Action, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Lynette Engelhardt Stott: I am the Energy Programs...
Anne Hunt with Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s Office
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:25pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Anne Hunt, Former Environmental Policy Director for City of Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Anne Hunt: I was honored twelve years ago to be appointed by...
Gayle Prest with City of Minneapolis
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:20pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Gayle Prest, Former Sustainability Director for the City of Minneapolis, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Gayle Prest: Up until recently I was the...
Tena Monson with Geronimo Energy
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:15pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Tena Monson, Director of Solar Development at Geronimo Energy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Tena Monson: As renewable energy developers, my team identifies locations for...
Shannon Pinc with City of St. Louis Park
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:10pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Shannon Pinc, Environment and Sustainability Coordinator with the City of St. Louis Park, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Shannon Pinc: I am the Environment and Sustainability...
Nicole Rom with Climate Generation
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:06pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Nicole Rom, Executive Director of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Nicole Rom: As the Executive Director of Climate Generation: A Will...
Megan Hoye with Center for Energy and Environment
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:00pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Megan Hoye, Engagement Manager with Center for Energy and Environment, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Megan Hoye: My work consists of leading advanced energy district planning projects...
Tina Koecher with Minnesota Power
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:55pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Tina Koecher, Manager of Customer Solutions with Minnesota Power, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Tina Koecher: I work for Minnesota Power, an electric utility based in Duluth that is...
Anna Richey with Conservation Minnesota and Rochester Energy Commission
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:49pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Anna Richey, Southern Minnesota Regional Manager with Conservation Minnesota and Chair of the Rochester Energy Commission, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn...
Leigh Currie with Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:43pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Leigh Currie, Senior Staff Attorney with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Leigh Currie: I have been an attorney at the Minnesota Center...
Christine Huston with Blattner Energy, Inc.
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:34pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Christine Huston, Business Development and Communications Coordinator with Blattner Energy, Inc., to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Christine Huston: I work at Blattner Energy, a...
Pam Mahling with Honor the Earth
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:21pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Pam Mahling, Special Projects and Development with Honor the Earth, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Pam Mahling: I’m the Special Projects and Development Director at Honor the Earth, a national...
Beth Soholt with Wind on the Wires
Dan Thiede
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:15pm
The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month, culminating in a reception at the 2018 CERTs Conference in St. Cloud on March 28th. As part of the series we interviewed Beth Soholt, Executive Director with Wind on the Wires, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Beth Soholt: Wind on the Wires (WOW) works across 9 states including Minnesota. In Minnesota...

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