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As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows and local dealerships begin stocking more of them, consumers will be thinking about where to find charging stations. While most EV owners charge their vehicles at home, drivers looking for a charge around town may struggle with an EV charging infrastructure in its infancy.
Aeon, a non-profit developer and property management organization of high-quality affordable apartment homes for individuals of low to moderate income, developed a pilot program that focused on educational outreach on sustainable issues. In an effort to develop and operate sustainable properties on a greater level, the pilot served the purpose of...
The City of White Bear Lake has a robust, independently owned restaurant community – one that attracts guests from around the metro area.
Restaurants use more energy per square foot than any other commercial business. However, saving energy is possible, as Trish Appleby has demonstrated in her restaurant Donatelli’s Homemade Italian in White Bear Lake, MN.
The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) on the Hunt Utilities Group Research campus in Pine River, Minnesota, has been working to address energy poverty for over a decade.
Located in the Minnesota River valley just southwest of the Twin Cities, Chaska bills itself as “a quality small town.” As the city grows, it is committed to doing so responsibly to improve quality of life for its residents.
Cottage Grove, a city located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Saint Croix Rivers, was ready to make some energy efficiency improvements when a new financing opportunity from the Department of Energy was introduced.
With a $2.8 million dollar Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, Hennepin County funded multiple energy efficiency projects at 12 different county facilities including the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, the Health Services Building, and the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). The...
White Bear Lake, a city located just 10 miles northeast of downtown Saint Paul, calls itself the “land of lakes and legends.” Once a popular resort area attracting visitors from all along the Mississippi River, White Bear Lake still brings in tourists with its small-town charm and big-city attractions. The city is proud of its commitment to...
Golden Valley, a western suburb of Minneapolis that is home to a number of corporate headquarters, is crisscrossed with city, state and county roads. As a consequence, the city is responsible for maintaining and paying electricity bills for numerous traffic signals.


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