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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

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