Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) is actively engaged with organizations and individuals from around the world. This work provides us and our business membership with a broader perspective and access to a wealth of innovative ideas and best practices. By fostering international relationships, we are first and foremost focused on promoting and connecting clean energy businesses and identifying decarbonization solutions that can work here in Minnesota through the development of both bilateral and multilateral relationships that are mutually beneficial.
This work also includes the exchange of policy frameworks to achieve shared carbon reduction goals as well as attracting and securing foreign direct investment here in Minnesota. These collaborations can result in knowledge sharing, technology transfer and investment opportunities that drive innovation and create a thriving clean energy business ecosystem in Minnesota. In an increasingly interconnected world, making international connections is not just beneficial but essential for the state’s success in shaping a sustainable and prosperous clean energy economy for our state.
Germany is home to several integral players in the transition to clean energy. CEEM’s relationship with these partners is ongoing and has been developed through several different meetings and trips to Germany and Minnesota. At the most recent meeting, the German American Chamber of Commerce and CEEM discussed the goals that each are pushing forward in their respective countries. Germany and Minnesota share a goal to reach 100% clean energy with Germany shooting for 2035 and Minnesota aiming for 2040.
In December 2022, CEEM’s Director of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives, Virginia Mooty Rutter, joined Region 9 Development Organization’s delegation to three cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: Münster, Saerbeck, and Düsseldorf.
Denmark is a global leader in sustainable energy and smart agricultural practices thanks to its advanced policy frameworks, regulatory approaches, and innovative technologies. Collaboration between the public and private sectors are playing out in real-time to deliver on Denmark’s ambition to achieve 100% biogas by 2030 and the country’s goal to reach net zero by 2045. CEEM was fortunate to take part in a fact-finding trip to Denmark in 2023 to learn more about the Danish biogas and dairy sectors.
Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) was honored to take part in a recent fact finding trip to Denmark to learn more about the Danish biogas and dairy sectors. CEEM’s Executive Director, Gregg Mast, was one of sixteen delegation members consisting of industry, government and academic leaders from the U.S. and Canada that participated in the trip.
The United Kingdom has made a commitment to have fully decarbonized electricity by 2035, as well as a plan to have the “cheapest wholesale electricity prices in Europe” by 2035. Minnesota and the UK share an outsized ambition to significantly curb GHG emissions over the next few decades. Our common interests include the accelerated adoption of cold-climate electric heat pumps, electrification of our transportation industries, and the advent of offshore wind technologies in the US, much of which has been pioneered in the UK.
CEEM’s Virginia Mooty Rutter joined the Governor’s trade mission to the United Kingdom and Finland last month, where she met with local businesses and government officials to discuss sustainability and clean tech.
Minnesota and Finland have a strong relationship that is based on an understanding of each other’s strengths and a common need to make changes so that we can move towards a clean energy future. In 2021, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minister for Development and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari, signed a Letter of Understanding that outlines the cooperation between the two participants (Minnesota and Finland).
The Finnish Minister of Trade and Development and Finnish Ambassador will visit Minnesota in October and are planning to meet with Governor Walz and other businesses and trade representatives.
As of May 17, 2023, Quebec’s energy production sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The province gets most of its energy production from renewable hydroelectric power, and has set goals to lower its Greenhouse gas emissions and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The Quebec government plans to become a “‘battery’ of northeastern America” and “will contribute to the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond its borders.”
In the midst of the chaotic US House Speaker elections this fall – CEEM’s policy team visited Washington D.C. to meet with Minnesota Congressional staff. They also co-hosted a Minnesota…