Stillwater unites to envision a cleaner energy future
Sharing ideas about growing clean energy
Local communities are taking their energy future into their own hands. I witnessed this firsthand at the listening session Vision for Stillwater’s Energy Future, hosted by the Sustainable Stillwater Energy Working Group in partnership with Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and Conservation Minnesota. The goal: to give Stillwater the opportunity to share their ideas and learn more about growing clean energy to benefit the community and neighbors for generations to come.
Are municipal electric vehicle fleets a worthwhile investment?
Connexus Energy teams up with member cities to explore EVs
Municipalities face an important question when they consider switching to electric vehicles (EVs). Which department’s cars should they start with, and is it financially and environmentally worth it? The Municipal Fleet Analysis Project set out to answer this question, with collaboration between Connexus Energy, FleetCarma, and several member municipalities.
Ecolibrium3’s solar garden benefits veterans and families in need
Lincoln Park project will also serve as art gallery & community space
Next year visitors traveling to downtown Duluth will be able to see a solar array producing energy benefitting veterans and low-income families alongside an outdoor art gallery highlighting the Lincoln Park community.
Thermal imaging with drones helps building improvements take off
Also: Automating public building benchmarking with custom software
Warren knows more about the building infrastructure of its community than any other city in the state. Located in northwestern Minnesota, the town of 1,600 used drones to capture thermal imaging to benchmark their community’s buildings. For Warren city officials the focus will now be on how to improve energy efficiency using the state-of-the-art images.
Town of 63 sees cost savings and safer streets with LED lighting
Project will pay back in two years and residents feel safer walking at night
"We only have 29 street lights in Whalan, but they were outdated and costing the city a lot to run and keep up every year," shared City Clerk and Treasurer Lolly Melander. "Now residents are delighted about the lights and how they shine at night. It makes them feel safer to be out walking."