Northeast Region

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

 
Northeast Region Priority Areas:

  • Scale-up solar thermal through targeted outreach to sectors primed to adopt solar thermal technologies
  • Increase education and implementation of biomass technologies and projects
  • Collaborate with business and community leaders to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency and spur economic vitality in the area including assisting efforts like Duluth’s Georgetown Energy Competition and Minnesota Power’s Energy Challenge Communities
  • Work to engage more youth in clean energy project including supporting the northeast Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams and Minnesota GreenStep Cities internships

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Northeast Contact

Brian Bluhm
Brian Bluhm
NE CERT Coordinator
AEOA
Email, 218-290-1953

Northeast CERT tours a wind farm on Iron Range

Recent Blog Posts

Keep your home warm and cozy with an energy audit and weatherization work
Dan Thiede
Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:25am
It’s official, winter is here. If you have a drafty house, you’ve now had a couple months to be reminded of the comfort issues that come along with poor insulation and air sealing in homes. This roundup of recent stories below offers insight into how some Minnesotans are making their...
UMN’s new Main Energy Plant helps reduce campus emissions by 50 percent
Joel Haskard
Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:41pm
“We’ve pledged to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from operations to zero as fast as possible,” said Shane Stennes, the university’s sustainability director. The University has been exploring renewable energy opportunities to meet their goals. In its 2011 Climate Action Plan, the University set...
Waconia Public Schools third-party solar ribbon cutting
Peter Lindstrom
Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:24pm
This blog is excerpted from a Finance & Commerce story by Frank Jossi. Third-party ownership is one of the growing number of ways building owners can support solar energy and reduce their utility bills. Under the arrangement, a third-party owner earns money by selling the energy production to...

Northeast Case Studies

Being an energy efficiency authority requires practicing what you preach—and that is exactly what Cook County is doing. In 2012, Cook County Higher...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
Randy Washburn has a knack for how things operate. Although he has only been Supervisor of Itasca County’s Facilities Management Office for five...

Northeast Steering Committee

  • Jim DeVries, Laurentian Environmental Learning Center, YES!
  • Staci Drouillard, Cook County Local Energy Project
  • Tim Gallagher, Minnesota Power
  • Mindy Granley, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Alison Hoxie, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Doug Lande, Off-Grid Home Owner
  • Mike Mageau, UMD Center for Sustainable Community Development
  • Vince Meyer, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
  • Yusef Orest, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative
  • Okey Ukaga, U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Northeast 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.

Northeast Community Groups


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More Resources for the Northeast 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.

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission