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PACE counties and stories
Peter Lindstrom
09/21/2018 - 3:45pm
From the Greenway Office Building in Minneapolis to Timm’s Trucking in Morristown and from AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji to the First National Bank in Saint Paul, businesses are benefitting from solar and efficiency improvements with no up-front costs and streamlined payments through their property tax assessments. Updated map: 63 of Minnesota...
Testing at a wastewater treatment facility
Joel Haskard
09/21/2018 - 2:06pm
Effective wastewater treatment systems are critical infrastructure to manage waste effluent within hundreds of communities in Minnesota. The Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA) is partnering with MPCA, MnTAP, City of St. Cloud and Met Council on a Wastewater Optimization Pilot Project (Pond and Mechanical). Optimization includes getting better results through existing infrastructure. The goal of the project is to provide assistance to comply with water quality standards without needing expensive new construction and increased nutrient removal and improved operational efficiencies. There is NO cost to participate in this project! Click here to learn more and apply >>   More case studies highlight energy efficiency at Minnesota wastewater treatment plants   Wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) operate in...
The state of Minnesota recently installed solar panels on the roof of a legislative office building.
Frank Jossi
09/14/2018 - 9:57am
This article is reposted from the original by Frank Jossi in Midwest Energy News. Cities, school districts, and government agencies are using a shared contract to streamline the process of procuring solar power. The state of Minnesota and nearly a dozen other government entities will use a collaborative buying approach to build 4 megawatts of on-site solar. Called Solar Possible, the initiative used a master contract and a joint request for proposals to select vendors and gather pricing data. The Minnesota Department of Administration’s Office of Enterprise Sustainability and two partner organizations developed the program. Participating school districts, government agencies and city...
Diamond Pointe Apartments in South Minneapolis
MN Dept. of Commerce
09/14/2018 - 9:47am
There are great incentives for multifamily building owners—and their tenants—to make energy efficiency improvements. Just ask Grant Hartley, building manager and co-owner of Diamond Pointe Apartments in South Minneapolis. “With the change-out to LEDs and other energy-saving measures, tenants may only see savings of $2-3 a month on their electric bills. But collectively, the savings are significant and add up,” shared Grant Hartley, co-owner and manager of Diamond Pointe Apartments in Minneapolis. “The program is really a win-win situation for my tenants and me.” Hartley learned of the Multifamily Building Efficiency Program, a joint Conservation Improvement Program of Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, in a flyer inserted with his monthly utility bill. He learned more and signed up for the program...
Bus tour of Warren, MN clean energy projects
Joel Anastasio
07/13/2018 - 1:20pm
Over 30 people met in Warren, Minnesota, (pop. 1,563) on the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018, to learn how the city has advanced its local economy with energy efficiency and renewable energy, while saving the city on its bottom line. The event was hosted by Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (NW CERT), the City of Warren, and Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC). A little background on Warren’s efforts: Not only is Warren a Minnesota GreenStep City, they were also chosen to participate in the Climate-Smart Municipalities Partnership, which connected the City of Arnsberg, Germany, with the City of Warren. This three-year program allows the sister cities to learn from another as a way to address the economic development opportunity of...
EV fast charger grant dollars available in MN
Joel Haskard
07/12/2018 - 4:36pm
On July 5, the MPCA released a request for proposal (RFP) for electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations using Volkswagen settlement funds. The purpose of the grant is to reduce air pollution by expanding access to EV charging across the state. The RFP makes available approximately $1.4 million to install fast-charging stations along designated highway corridors around Minnesota. This amount is anticipated to provide about 22 fast chargers. (A separate RFP for Level 2 EV charging stations is expected to be released soon.) Grant proposal submissions are due August 21, 2018. Visit the EV Charging Station Grant webpage to learn more about this grant opportunity and download the application forms. All questions should be submitted to...
Joel Anastasio, Northwest CERT Coordinator
Lissa Pawlisch
07/12/2018 - 1:00pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are pleased to welcome Joel Anastasio as our new Coordinator for the Northwest Region. Based in Bemidji, Joel is already very engaged in local energy work, and his mix of education, connections, and experiences will help him have a great impact across the region. We asked Joel to share a little bit about himself, his background, and what he’s looking forward to with CERTs. As a native Floridian, I spent 20 years of my life by the beach, which influenced my love for the ocean and the environment! As for my education, after my first two years at Edison State College, I moved to North Carolina and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with a focus on the environment, from the University of North Carolina Asheville. During my undergraduate career I worked with the VITA program, researching improved waste programs, analyzing economic variables of...
David Abazs, Northeast CERT Coordinator
Joel Haskard
07/12/2018 - 12:47pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are pleased to welcome David Abazs as our new Coordinator for the Northeast Region. David has a deep background with both renewable energy and CERTs, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce him to you! We asked David to share a little bit about himself, his background, and what he’s looking forward to with CERTs. “Living simply so that others may simply live” has been a life mission of my family and renewable energy and conservation have been the building blocks of my efforts. I am excited to connect with individuals and communities to help provide the resources needed to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. In 1988, my wife and I established Round River Farm, a solar and wind powered off-the-grid family farm along the North Shore of Lake Superior, providing fresh organic produce through a...
40 Under 40 from Midwest Energy News
Dan Thiede
07/09/2018 - 10:54am
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are a proud partner of the 4th annual Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Awards program that seeks to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The program is open to all who are under 40 at the time of their nomination. Midwest Energy News is looking to showcase leaders from all sectors—including industry, government, regulatory, business, academia, non-profit and advocacy—and nominations will be accepted until 5:00pm on July 16th. Do you know a strong emerging leader who fits these criteria? Nominate them today >>
American Green Energy Summit
Dan Thiede
06/20/2018 - 11:59am
Across Minnesota, organizations from every industry are finding innovative ways to advance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability practices in their day-to-day operations. In an effort to recognize and share these efforts, the first annual American Green Energy Summit, AGES for short, is being held this October in the Twin Cities. We interviewed event organizer and KARE 11 News Anchor Tim McNiff to learn more about the summit.   What is the AGES Summit all about and why should people attend?   The American Green Energy Summit is a first of its kind, two-day event at the JW Marriott, Mall of America, with a vision to advance sustainable energy efforts through the sharing of best practices by industry leaders. Our vision is to create the Oscars of Green Energy, bringing people from 20...


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