CEEM in the News

The fast-growing civil-engineering firm nearly failed during the building slowdown of the 2007-09 Great Recession but now grows its business in several states, including Minnesota.
The decline of 267 jobs last year followed increases of nearly 50% in 2017 and 8% in 2018, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2019 released Wednesday by the Solar Foundation and BW Research Partners.
On Monday, Feb. 17, the Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus proposed a package of bills to invest in electric buses and cars, solar production, energy efficiency improvements to buildings and more. The 15-bill package totals $191.5 million in one-time funds, which legislators said would be funded with the state's budget surplus.
The year 2020 will be pivotal for our economy and our climate – it’s the first time many businesses and government organizations will either hit or miss their sustainability goals.
Supporters of a statewide clean-energy policy for Minnesota have renewed hope that such a plan will pass; that's because a key GOP lawmaker no longer opposes it.
The small businesses are the growth leaders of the state's economy, at the intersection of energy efficiency, renewables, environmental considerations and next-generation software and technology.
The Clean Jobs Midwest Report's latest findings show nearly 40% of Minnesota’s clean energy workers are in Greater Minnesota, including 3,161 clean energy jobs in the St. Cloud area.
A secondary attribute, appealing to clean energy developers, is that opportunity zone funds can be used for solar, microgrids, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy storage. Clean Energy Economy Minnesota held a luncheon Oct. 24 at Avisen Legal PA in Minneapolis that drew a capacity crowd of more than 50 people, among them several solar developers.
A local nonprofit this week named state Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, its 2019 Clean Energy Legislative Champion for his work expanding a renewable energy and energy efficiency loan program to new construction projects, including a new hotel in Shakopee.
Several announcements in the last few days alone will advance the renewable-energy, less-carbon and faster-growing Minnesota economy.