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The Future of Energy Efficiency

February, 16 2018

Lily Osborne shares her experiences at the 2018 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

Leading up to Valentine’s Day I learned a fun fact from Stacey Paradis, Executive Director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), that at  $2 billion in annual investment the Midwest energy efficiency industry is as large as the online dating industry – a surprising comparison to me!

Moreover, 86 percent of Minnesotans working in the clean energy sector have jobs in energy

CEEM predictions for the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session

February, 7 2018

We are heading into what is sure to be an exciting year in Minnesota politics.

Al Franken’s resignation from the U.S. Senate and, subsequently, former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith’s appointment to replace him has caused a constitutional argument. The question posed is whether state Senator Michelle Fischbach (R-St. Joseph), who, as President of the Minnesota Senate, automatically became Lieutenant Governor upon Smith’s appointment, can hold two elected offices at once (she intends to ascend

Grid Modernization: Let’s do Something!

January, 29 2018

You might recognize OATI’s beautiful, glass building that sits just off of 494 and France Avenue in Bloomington. What you might not know, is that when the Department of Energy started its smart grid program more than 15 years ago, OATI led the market in the promise of a smarter, more sustainable electric grid for the future. This company that boasts a worldwide staff of 1,000+ has been quietly working on building smart grid solutions that improve grid reliability, increase consumer involvement -- and

75F: a Hot MN Startup, Sparked by Cold MN Winters

January, 10 2018

"If you can drink tap water and breath the air, say shh"

-Atmosphere, "Say Shh"

We all know what a great state we have in MN. And the band Atmosphere helped capture the "Minnesnowta" secret in their song, "Say Shh".  So, when the team at CEEM invited 75F to share our story, we felt inspired to riff off this MN tribute song, sprinkling some lyrics in. Feel free to play it in the background:

R-PACE Task Force Concludes -- Report Due Soon

January, 8 2018

Last session, the Minnesota Legislature temporarily discontinued Minnesota’s Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (R-PACE) program in order to proactively address consumer protection concerns that arose out of incidents that happened in other states, including predatory lending practices that led to foreclosures on vulnerable homeowners.

As part of this legislative solution, policymakers established the R-PACE Consumer Protection Task Force which is charged with developing legislative

Minnesota’s top 10 gains on clean energy in 2017

January, 4 2018

1.         CLEAN ENERGY JOBS OUTPACING OVERALL JOB GROWTH 

Jobs in the solar, wind, energy efficiency and other clean energy industries in Minnesota grew 3.8 times faster than overall job growth last year, and jobs in the renewable energy industry grew 16 percent – or 11 times the rate of overall jobs. Small businesses drive the clean energy sector in Minnesota, with nearly 80% of businesses working in clean energy employing fewer than 25 individuals. All told, Minnesota had 57,

What you need to know about clean energy provisions in the Federal Tax Bill

December, 28 2017

This fall, pretty much everybody had an opinion about the federal tax bill getting put together in Washington D.C. Whether you hated it, loved it -- or fell somewhere in between, the first major tax overhaul bill in years drew plenty of attention during the closing months of 2017.

As a conduit between clean energy businesses in Minnesota and both the state and federal government, Clean Energy Economy MN was watching the construction of the Federal Tax Bill closely. Here is what caught our

The story of CIP: How a lightbulb can make a big difference on a company’s bottom line

November, 30 2017

Did you know that by 2030, Americans are expected to have saved around $2 trillion in energy efficiency measures alone? Yes, that’s trillion – with a T. And in Minnesota – of the more than 57,000 clean energy jobs located across our state – a staggering  86 percent of those are in the energy efficiency sector. Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest energy resource we have in Minnesota: it costs significantly less to save a unit of energy than to buy one.

It is for these reasons that CEEM

Energy Storage -- the Swiss Army Knife of Energy

November, 14 2017

Legislative Energy Commission hearing

A popular topic in the energy sector this year is storage, and the Minnesota state legislature is focused on it too. Among the topics prioritized by the Legislative Energy Commission (LEC) this fall—which have included the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), wind siting, and biomass—energy storage was the focus of the committee’s most recent meeting on November 9.

Image by S&C Electric Company via IREC "Charging Ahead: An Energy

From Cheerios waste to clean energy – spending Bioenergy Day with Koda Energy

October, 18 2017

SHAKOPEE, MINN -- When you’re stumbling out of bed, and groggily pouring yourself a bowl of Cheerios – we’re guessing the furthest thing from your mind is how that cereal was made – and even further from your thoughts – what happens to the wasted oat hulls after your cereal is processed?

Well luckily, other people do think about that, like Stacy Cook, the General Manager and VP of Operations at Koda Energy, an eight-year-old bioenergy company in Shakopee that consumes more than 500 tons of

Introducing Amelia Cerling Hennes - Manager, Marketing and Communications

October, 16 2017

I am Amelia Cerling Hennes and my first few weeks with CEEM have already been so exciting! I am thrilled to be joining Clean Energy Economy MN as their first Marketing and Communications Manager.

It is an exciting time to be working in the clean energy sector and I find myself in awe, surrounded by so many passionate, intelligent and driven people who work in the energy efficiency and clean energy marketplace. In this new role, I plan on helping strengthen the CEEM brand to elevate their work as

Minnesota’s Growing Clean Energy Jobs

September, 19 2017

We kicked off September with an exciting announcement that Minnesota’s clean energy sector grew 5.3 percent and now totals more than 57,000 jobs. This growth was nearly four times faster than jobs in all other areas of Minnesota’s economy. See more highlights and information about clean energy jobs on our website here.

 

To deliver the news, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point), Sen. Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato), Ken Smith CEO of Ever-Green Energy, Ben

Highlighting Minnesota's Energy Efficiency Businesses

September, 5 2017

Our team at Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) spent last Wednesday morning at Majestic Custom Electric in Ramsey with State Senator Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), and State Representative Abigail Whelan (R-Ramsey).

Majestic has over twenty years of experience in the building industry and has been working with commercial and residential properties to lower their energy costs by replacing outdated lighting systems with more efficient ones utilizing LED light bulbs that are easily retrofitted to an

Recap of the 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo

July, 13 2017

This week I attended the 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo in Washington, D.C. The yearly event is co-convened by the bipartisan House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus, the Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus, and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and we’re grateful they host it! It’s a valuable opportunity for clean energy businesses, advocates, and agencies to network and interact with congressional staff on the

Introducing Lily Osborne - Manager, Business Development & Programs

June, 5 2017

I’m Lily Osborne, CEEM’s new Manager for Business Development and Programs. I am thrilled to be joining CEEM and to have the opportunity to support clean energy business development in Minnesota. In my role I will work closely with our partners in the energy efficiency and clean energy business sector, as well as serve as an advocate for smart energy policy.

 

To share a little of my background, I moved to the state two years ago to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota

2017 Legislative Session Recap

May, 31 2017

GOVERNOR DAYTON’S ACTIONS OFFICIALLY CLOSE THE 2017 SESSION AND SPECIAL SESSION
by. Logan O'Grady

 

The 2017 legislative session began on January 3rd and ended on May 23rd. Governor Mark Dayton called the legislature back to a special session at 12:01 AM on Tuesday May 24th so the House and Senate could complete its work on most of the budget. The 2017 First Special Session officially ended around 3:30 AM on May 26th. Yesterday, Governor Dayton acted on nine

A 50% Renewable Energy Standard by 2030 is Good for Minnesota's Economy

April, 25 2017

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) is committed to working with our energy efficiency and clean energy businesses to educate policymakers and the broader public on policies that accelerate innovation and expand clean energy markets in Minnesota.

Ten years ago Minnesotans from both sides the aisle created the Next Generation Energy Act, a nation-leading Renewable Energy Standard. It has helped to create 54,000 new jobs while keeping our air and water clean and our energy affordable. And now,

Capitol Update

April, 5 2017

CAPITOL UPDATE

Logan O’Grady – Director of Policy and Public Affairs

April 5th, 2017

 

Current Status

The legislature will recess April 10-16 and once lawmakers return to the Capitol, final budget and policy negotiations will be in full swing with conference committees meeting all day (and even all night). The long days and nights at the

Business Council for Sustainable Energy 2017 Factbook Released

March, 3 2017

The 2017 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

In 2016, consumers devoted less than 4% of their total annual household spending to energy, the

Power-grabbing legislation designed to avoid scrutiny on high fees for solar customers

January, 18 2017

Local Utilities Attack Federally-Protected Right to Self-Generate Electricity

Power-grabbing legislation designed to avoid scrutiny on high fees for solar customers

 

[SAINT PAUL] Yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives heard a bill (H.F. 234) that eliminates basic consumer protections protecting consumers’ freedom to generate their own electricity. It would also stop a

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