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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.

We're Hiring: Social Media and Marketing Specialist

February 12, 2020

Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) is seeking a Social Media and Marketing Specialist to assist with creating and executing our digital communications strategy. This position will focus on educating our audiences, from clean energy supporters across the state, to our clean energy business members, as well as policymakers at the local, state and federal level. This is a newly created position to help us engage in meaningful ways with these audiences.

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.  

What clean energy has to do with opportunity zones

November 4, 2019

There are 8,700 designed “opportunity zones” across the United States. There are 128 zones designated throughout Minnesota, 60 percent of them located outside of the Twin Cities metro. A group of clean energy sector professionals recently gathered together at Avisen Legal for a lunch and learn hosted by CEEM on this very issue.

What do Business and Climate Change Have to do With One Another?

October 8, 2019

With climate debates making headlines nationwide, clean energy is increasingly a hot topic at the dinner table, at city hall, and all the way up to the Governor’s mansion. Recently, Clean Energy Economy MN has joined community discussions on climate, offering a perspective that fewer voters hear, how clean energy is growing jobs in their neighborhoods.

Minnesota’s Unstoppable PACE

October 2, 2019

This innovative financing tool has made big waves in Minnesota’s clean energy marketplace, particularly in recent months due to a policy fix that CEEM advocated for in the last legislative session.

CEEM member companies to Congress: Support Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction

September 11, 2019

The argument for encouraging building owners to choose energy efficient options is a smart economic decision – and one that benefits all Minnesotans. Efficiency is cheap: the cost to save one kilowatt hour is about 2 cents; compare that to the cost to buy a kilowatt of electricity, which averages 8 cents. We asked that our Minnesota elected officials support a multi-year extension of the Section 179D provision through at least 2020, and we would strongly support extending it beyond 2020.   

Q & A with CEEM’s summer interns

September 4, 2019

With summer winding down and the return of school quickly approaching, interns Claire Lund and Petra Holtze wanted to reflect on their time here at CEEM.

7 clean energy policy acronyms you should know about

August 26, 2019

Working  in the clean energy ecosystem inevitably leads to an ‘alphabet soup’ of acronyms. This is the first of a several-part blog series breaking down the many acronyms that help power Minnesota’s clean energy economy. 

 

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.

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