CEEM in the News

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.
While EVS and other renewable energy firms work hard at implementing solar solutions across the state of Minnesota, Clean Energy Economy MN works hard on the front lines to make sure state leaders continue to move clean energy policies forward.
John Dunlop, engineer and energy consultant, is a 45-year pioneer of the renewable-energy movement in Minnesota. He also was the chairman of the recent national conference of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in Bloomington that drew 300 energy experts and others focused on “ramping up the use of renewable energy to attack the climate crisis.” Gregg Mast, a business veteran and CEO of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, also addressed the conference. This conversation is edited from prepared remarks and