Blog

How one key financing option can deliver BIG energy savings

August 15, 2019

With such a huge footprint, the building sector is a critical target for energy efficiency measures. However, it can be difficult for large institutions, particularly public entities like schools or government buildings, but also hospitals and universities, to find the funds for energy efficiency projects. That’s where Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) can be a helpful tool.

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota Goes to Washington

August 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clean Energy Economy MN visited with Congressional offices, spreading the important news of how clean energy costs are trending lower, while clean energy jobs continue to grow.

Minnesota farmers lean into renewable energy conversations

August 6, 2019

The Minnesota Farmers Union recently held Renewable Energy Working Sessions around the state to help engage informed conversations about energy efficiency options on Minnesota farms and surrounding regions. CEEM was invited to be a part of their workshops in Saint Peter, Aitkin, and Marshall to bring our industry knowledge and share the positive economic impacts of clean energy.

How big tech is driving sustainability in the hospitality industry

June 18, 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) estimates that hotels represent more than five billion square feet of space in the US alone. Spaces that operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With such a large footprint, sustainability needs to be top of mind, especially as society is increasingly asking for more ways to protect our resources and be more efficient with our energy use.

Introducing Petra Holtze -- Communications and Marketing Intern

June 5, 2019

My name is Petra Holtze and I am incredibly excited to join the Clean Energy Economy Minnesota team as their Communications and Marketing Intern beginning this summer!

Clean Energy at the Capitol : A Review of the 2019 Legislative Session

May 31, 2019

The 2019 Minnesota legislative session is officially a wrap. With a new governor and a slate of new legislators, change was in the air at the start of session. Several bold policy proposals aimed to facilitate ambitious clean energy growth in the state. CEEM and the clean energy industry asserted a strong position in important policy debates. In the end, however, significant divisions between the DFL-led House of Representatives and the Republican-led Senate meant fairly little policy was enacted.

Getting Schooled on Energy Efficiency

May 20, 2019

Brian Scott is a science teacher on a mission. His goal is to increase sustainable practices in his school’s operations and support his students on their pathway to science-based careers. Following the USGBC Green Schools and IMPACT sustainability conferences, Brian wanted to introduce his students to a professional working in clean energy.

Introducing Claire Lund - Business Development & Programs Intern

May 16, 2019

My name is Claire Lund and I am very excited to be working with Clean Energy Economy Minnesota as their Business Development and Programs Intern! This fall I will begin my junior year at Bemidji State University.

Going Beyond the Concept of a Clean Energy Economy

May 9, 2019

Nearly 700 senior corporate executives, investors, capital market leaders and policy makers met this April to discuss how to “Get US There!” – to a just and sustainable global economy, the theme of Ceres 2019 conference which two of our Clean Energy Economy MN team members attended.

CEEM Legislative Update

May 7, 2019

We have reached the final days of legislative session for 2019. The House and Senate have both passed versions of energy policy. The policy proposals are now sent to a Conference Committee- a select set of five representatives and five senators to debate and come to an agreement. 

Top 7 things to remember from the 2019 Clean Jobs Midwest Report

April 11, 2019

With what feels like a very important report rollout happening every few weeks in the clean energy community, how does one keep it all straight? We break down the seven most important things to remember in the 2019 Clean Jobs Midwest Report.

Legislative Update: The good, the bad, and the "needs improvement"

April 3, 2019

The 2019 legislative deadline of May 20 is quickly approaching! The next stage involves discussion of both House and Senate respective policy packages.

Hiring: Communications and Marketing Intern

April 3, 2019

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota is seeking a Communications and Marketing Intern to work in Minneapolis, MN and support communications engagement with the clean energy business community statewide.

Top 3 things happening in clean energy right now

March 21, 2019

It’s been a fast-paced month as March winds down and the legislature hurries to meet legislative deadlines. This week we review the top three important things that took place in the clean energy world recently at the Minnesota Legislature.

Top 5 takeaways from the Minnesota State Energy Factsheet

March 14, 2019

We break down the five biggest takeaways from the just released Minnesota State Energy Factsheet, and how the clean energy community can leverage the new data.

2019 proving an active session for clean energy

March 6, 2019

February continued momentum in a very active early session for clean energy. Hot topics include improvements to commercial clean energy financing options, continuing discussions on community solar gardens in the Senate, a bill proposing requiring customers have access to their energy usage data, proposals for solar on schools, and changes to energy efficiency policies.

PACE makes many clean energy projects a reality

February 25, 2019

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy notes that upfront costs are a major barrier to pursuing energy efficiency projects, while solar PV installations and other renewable energy projects can face similar challenges.

Businesses come out in force on Clean Energy Business Day

February 15, 2019

Governor Walz declared February 13 as ‘Clean Energy Business Day’ across the state of Minnesota -- in large part due to the innovation and talents of the clean energy business community who have helped create nearly 60,000 jobs.

Minnesota’s top 10 gains on clean energy in 2018

January 8, 2019

With another year behind us, it's time to look back at some of the biggest gains for clean energy in Minnesota!

Repost: Opportunities to Increase Small Business Engagement on Energy

December 19, 2018

Small and medium businesses represent 90% of US businesses and consume about 20% of US energy, but they attract less than 4% of utility energy efficiency spending. That’s why CEEM joined the Twin Cities Small Business Energy Initiative to support a local solution, led by the Great Plains Institute and the Lake Street Council, based off of work happening nationwide called the Small Business Energy Initiative.

CEEM's 2018 Highlights

December 11, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we reflected on some of the work we are most proud of from the past year. To our members, partners, and collaborators, thank you for working with us! We look forward to a productive 2019.

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