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

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


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

Power Sector in Transition - Speaker Bios for December 7th Event

November, 11 2016

     Keynote Speaker - Aditya Ranade, Technology Partnerships Manager, 3M

Aditya is deeply driven to create new businesses contributing towards global sustainability. He has 10 years of experience in the Energy and Environment sectors including smart grid, solar PV, green buildings, and agriculture in various capacities-R&D, venture capital, product marketing, and consulting. In his current role, he creates external innovation opportunities with start-ups and large companies

Introducing Logan O'Grady - Director, Policy and Public Affairs

September, 15 2016

I’m Logan O’Grady and I’m the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM). I’ve spent the last three years working for the state Senate, in the office of Minnesota’s senior-most senator LeRoy Stumpf. My work in the Senate perhaps made me a little more pragmatic, but overall it strengthened my belief in our government and political process.

I’m an idealist about politics, especially here in Minnesota, because I believe that the policies developed in Saint Paul

Legislative Recap - Mike Franklin

June, 2 2016

The 2016 session is (mostly) over – with the looming potential of a special session hanging over our heads, it can be said with a high degree of certainty that all the Energy work is complete until 2017. This year it can be said mainly that “no news is good news” as we went into session with the intent of keeping legislators focused on growing our clean energy economy or absent a desire to do that, helping to educate them on policies that would hurt clean energy jobs and investment. There were a few

Director's Update on CEEM Target Initiatives

June, 2 2016

As I’m sure you have seen or heard by now, Minnesota’s clean energy sector continues to grow and thrive! In fact, according to the recent findings of the 2016 Clean Jobs Midwest Survey, Minnesota is the proud home of over 54,000 clean energy jobs, placing the state #4 among the twelve state Midwest region! In addition, jobs in the sector are projected to grow by 4.4 percent over the next twelve months. As our energy system continues to transform, market momentum is increasingly shifting towards energy

Introducing Anna Dirkswager – Manager, Business Development and Programs

April, 5 2016

If you’re new to Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM), then you and I have something in common; so am I! Being a newcomer, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Anna Dirkswager and I’m the Manager for Business Development and Programming at CEEM. While I am new to this organization, I am not new to the world of clean energy business development. 

For the last seven years, I worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Forestry and spent a great

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota Welcomes You

March, 22 2016

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where to go – where to get connected – to what’s happening in the clean energy industry in Minnesota, you’ve found the place! Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) brings together those who are interested in the business of clean energy.

Every day, our team works to support and link together the people who are transforming our economy with clean energy innovations and big ideas. Whether through using energy more efficiently or developing solutions like