CEEM in the News

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
The cost of solar energy has dropped by 80% over the last decade and wind by about 65% since 2009, according to Dunlop and Gregg Mast, executive director of business-led Clean Energy Economy Minnesota. The state’s utilities, led by Xcel and Great River, are exceeding their goals for renewable-energy use and for cutting carbon emissions. The emissions are the No. 1 contributor to global warming and the resultant weather extremes that already are extracting a disastrous price.
Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans.
The administrator of a Minnesota clean energy financing program expects hundreds of millions of dollars in new projects to qualify thanks to changes signed into law last month as part of a state budget deal.
Officials say a provision in this year’s omnibus jobs and economic development finance bill could unlock hundreds of millions in new development.