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Clean energy wins and misses | 2020 Legislative Session recap

May 28, 2020

The following webinar recap is based on the 2020 Legislative Session Recap Webinar hosted by CEEM on May 27, 2020 at 1pm CDT. The slides are available for review, but there are no recordings of the event. There were 60 attendees on the webinar to hear speakers Benjamin Stafford, CEEM’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Senator Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, and Steve Kelley, the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Commissioner. CEEM’s Executive Director, Gregg Mast, also joined the group to provide a welcome and updates on CEEM’s next steps.

Small victories and missed opportunities

May 20, 2020

In what will go down in history as one of the most tumultuous times in our state’s economic history, the 2020 legislative session started and ended in very different places. COVID-19 changed conversations about many different aspects of daily life, including work at the Capitol. The state of Minnesota started the 2020 legislative session with over a $1 billion surplus, but recent forecast numbers have shown the immediate impact of job losses and business closures have resulted in a $2.4 billion deficit. 

Clean energy, a critical ingredient to economic recovery

May 6, 2020

May 18 marks the final day of the 2020 Legislative Session. We continue to speak with state legislators as they prioritize their work.  Leaders have outlined three priorities for the remainder of session: COVID-19 response, state bonding, and matters where both parties have strong agreement on bills already moving at the Capitol.

Top 10 clean energy stories we’re reading right now

April 30, 2020

While many of us are immersed in all things covid-19, there are good news stories sprinkled in every day too. We rounded up a collection of clean energy-related stories to inform, delight and inspire. 

Update: Minnesota’s clean energy legislative outlook amid pandemic crisis

April 27, 2020

The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act was heard in energy committees in both the Senate and House on Thursday, April 23. We are happy to report that the bill was passed out of these committees. The bill had strong support, and the bill authors called out the support of clean energy groups.

Introducing Tiffanie Connelly - Social Media and Marketing Specialist

April 22, 2020

I am Tiffanie Connelly and am joining the CEEM team as the Social Media and Marketing Specialist.

Top 5 takeaways from the new 2020 Minnesota Energy Factsheet

April 3, 2020

New information being released in the 2020 Minnesota Energy Factsheet about Minnesota’s clean energy transition could help inform decision-making about the state’s economic recovery. The Factsheet was put together with our partners at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and BloombergNEF.

Minnesota clean energy legislative update

April 1, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature narrowed its focus and priorities for the remainder of session in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers recessed on March 17 and will not meet again until April 14, with the exception to reconvene for COVID-related actions.

COVID-19 Business Resources

March 23, 2020

While there is much uncertainty at this time due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, there are also a large number of informational resources and assistance programs being put forward. We will be using this page to share information relevant to our business members and colleagues. Please reach out to our team if we can be of further assistance or if you have suggestions on resources we should add to this page.

Women at work in clean energy

March 16, 2020

Since March is Women’s History Month, Clean Energy Economy MN is taking the opportunity to highlight some of the talented women working in our industry. We asked several women what they most enjoy about their work in clean energy, check out their responses.

Clean energy voices fill the state Capitol

March 5, 2020

Some 200 clean energy supporters filled the Minnesota Capitol this week for Clean Energy Business Day on March 4.

Status check: where clean energy sits right now

March 3, 2020

The first weeks of March will be a busy time for clean energy discussions in St. Paul. March marks the beginning of legislative deadlines. Every year the leadership in the House and Senate establish deadlines for committee action on bills. Committee deadlines winnow the list of topics to be dealt with in a given legislative year. Here are three trends to watch as we head toward deadlines.

The top 3 clean energy headlines at the Capitol (so far)

February 20, 2020

The 2020 legislative session is officially underway! The early weeks continue to be a busy time for clean energy discussions in St. Paul. Here are three trends to watch as we head toward the end of February.

2020 Vision: The most significant bipartisan action on clean energy in over a decade

February 18, 2020

The Center for Energy and Environment is working with partner organizations like Clean Energy Economy Minnesota and others on two significant clean energy initiatives, that together offer the opportunity for the most significant bipartisan action on clean energy since the Next Generation Energy Act in 2007.  Those two initiatives are Clean Energy First and Energy Conservation and Optimization. Both initiatives are the result of extensive stakeholder negotiation, and Governor Walz has proposed both as clean energy initiatives for the 2020 session.

The future of energy storage is bright

February 3, 2020

While lithium-ion batteries get much of the attention when it comes to talk about energy storage, a  recent forum by Clean Energy Economy MN on the topic, shed light on other alternatives. In this piece we touch on some of the different reasons why energy storage can be a smart solution for building owners, and why policy plays a big part in the conversation. 

Top 3 clean energy trends at the Minnesota legislature

January 23, 2020

Clean energy is everyone’s party, hear how Minnesotans' attitudes on climate and clean energy are shifting. We'll tell you how climate change is showing up in new and different ways at the legislature plus why we think energy efficiency is having a moment this year! 

Top 10 most important clean energy stories from 2019

December 30, 2019

This year we saw more people across the political spectrum discussing clean energy issues and climate change than ever before. The business community is doubling down on clean energy investments, and citizens are speaking up and taking action. There’s a lot to celebrate about 2019 and the cultural shift it’s brought to the clean energy conversation. Here are some of the highlights from the last year. 

Minnesota planning for solar panel recycling

December 17, 2019

Deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) in Minnesota and across the U.S. shows no signs of slowing. In an effort to head off potential problems seen with other kinds of electronic waste (like stockpiling and improper disposal), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has begun researching and collecting input on how PV panel disposal should be handled.

Top 3 reasons why you should pay attention to Minnesota’s IDP process

December 2, 2019

The electrical grid that serves most Minnesotans’ homes was built in the early 1900’s. It was constructed when renewable energy technologies were just a wisp of a dream. But our rapidly changing energy transformation has changed a whole lot more than just how we power our homes and businesses. It’s going to take a transformation in how we plan for the systems that distribute that power. 

Clarion Call! Success has brought us to the limits of the current transmission system

November 12, 2019

Since 2009, the cost of wind energy has fallen 69 percent, and solar prices have fallen 88 percent. And, according to a Bloomberg article, the price of storage has dropped 85 percent from 2010 – 2018. The low cost and high demand should be the ingredients for a perfect storm of development, fueling terrific job growth and economic development for rural communities. Instead, we are facing a shortage of transmission infrastructure that can deliver new low-cost, clean, renewable energy and are missing a great opportunity to advance the renewable energy economy in the Midwest.

8 energy acronyms you should know this fall

November 6, 2019

Energy nerds unite! You may know what an IDP is, but does your spouse? How about your best friend? We invite others into the energy insiders’ conversation with a little briefer on 8 energy and utility-related acronyms everyone should know this fall.  

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