Press Releases

October, 15 2020

Oshkiimaajitahdah home to one of the largest solar projects in Northern Minnesota

Red Lake, MN – October 6, 2020 – One of Northern Minnesota’s largest solar projects continues this fall with the second of twelve planned commercial-scale installations. 

In February of 2016, Red Lake Tribal leaders announced plans to begin a solar project capable of powering every casino and government building, in addition to the Red Lake Nation College campus....

October, 9 2020

GREEN ISLE, MINN – As Minnesota leads the nation in community solar garden development, farmers and landowners are saying the ability to lease their land to solar developers is a new cash crop in uncertain times. Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) teamed up with Minneapolis developer Nokomis Energy to highlight how community solar gardens are adding value to communities across the state, and stability for farmers. 

This week CEEM launched a new video and story highlighting Nathan...

September, 11 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) released the following statement after the Minnesota Senate voted today to reject the confirmation of Steve Kelley, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC).

"As our state continues its transition to cleaner and more sustainable forms of energy, it is imperative – especially during this unprecedented pandemic -- that our leaders put Minnesota in a position to maximize job creation and grow our economy...

June, 25 2020
Minnesota’s clean energy industry will play a vital role in state’s economic recovery Minnesota entered 2020 with 61,805 clean energy workers 11,546 clean energy workers across Minnesota now unemployed Before COVID-19, clean energy jobs were growing 2.5 times faster than overall economy 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – Following a year of rapid job growth, 11,546 Minnesota clean energy workers have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic...

May, 20 2020

More action is needed to assist struggling clean energy industry 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – Facing a projected $2.4 billion budget deficit and the wild card of a pandemic, the 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session wrapped up with at least one success for the state’s clean energy industry. The Solar*Rewards program received a $15 million boost spread out over two years from the Renewable Development Account (*pending the signature of the bill from...

April, 2 2020

Half of Minnesota’s power came from zero-carbon sources in 2019

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Amid extreme uncertainty across the state and nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new information about Minnesota’s clean energy transition is being released that could help inform decision-making about the state’s economic recovery. Minnesota experienced a dramatic 14 percent reduction in its electricity sector carbon emissions last year due to decreased coal usage and greater reliance...

March, 4 2020

Clean energy industry shows up in big numbers at State Capitol

ST. PAUL, MINN. – As the clean energy transition accelerates across the country, Governor Tim Walz highlighted the significance of Minnesota’s clean energy business community and its many contributions to the state. Today he delivered a proclamation that declares March 4, 2020 as Clean Energy Business Day in the state of Minnesota. 

The proclamation coincides with the fourth annual Clean Energy...

February, 17 2020


Clean Energy Economy MN applauds bold Minnesota House action on climate

Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus proposes $191.5 million for energy efficiency and clean energy investments

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) applauds the bold announcement by the Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus on Monday to invest $191.5 million into combatting the state’s climate...

January, 6 2020

Board members bring decades of clean energy industry experience

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) welcomes three new board members to its ranks who possess more than 60 years of combined industry experience. The newly appointed board members represent some of the leading clean energy employers in Minnesota: Jamie Borell, CEO of IPS Solar, Amy Dorsett, a part of Trane’s Executive Leadership, and Dr. Tariq Samad, Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair at the...

December, 3 2019

CEEM recognizes Sen. Pratt for critical leadership and support of clean energy financing options

SHAKOPEE, MINN. – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) presented its 2019 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award to Senator Eric Pratt (R-Prior Lake) on Tuesday at the My Place Hotel in Shakopee. 

CEEM has worked closely with Senator Pratt over several legislative cycles and appreciates his dedication to growing clean energy jobs as well as his...

December, 2 2019

CEEM recognizes Rep. Long for his significant clean energy leadership

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) presented its 2019 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award to Representative Jamie Long (DFL-Minneapolis) Monday evening at the PACE Loan Group offices in downtown Minneapolis.

Rep. Long showed exemplary leadership on all things relating to clean energy during the 2019 Minnesota legislature. In addition to leading the...

September, 25 2019

New standards will speed adoption of zero emission vehicles, create jobs and strengthen Minnesota’s economy

MINNEAPOLIS – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) applauds Governor Walz’s bold vision today, as he announces our state’s new Clean Cars Minnesota standards. Governor Walz has directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to implement two clean cars standards to reduce vehicle emissions in our state.

The low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard...
May, 31 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) applauds the Walz-Flanagan administration and the bipartisan work of the Minnesota Legislative Energy Committees this session for passage of S.F. 2 - the Omnibus Jobs, Economic Development, Commerce, and Energy bill. Governor Walz signed the bill into law on May 31, which included two key policy provisions that CEEM prioritized and worked on throughout the legislative session. While the lack of passage of several bold and important clean...

April, 9 2019

Sector grew 2.5 times faster than the state’s overall job growth

Clean energy sector grew by 4.7% in the last year Minnesota led the region in renewable energy job growth thanks to large gains in wind and solar jobs Nearly 40% of clean energy jobs are located in Greater Minnesota More Minnesotans are employed in clean energy than the education, banking and med-tech industries

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (April 9, 2019) – More than 61,000...

March, 11 2019

Cleaner generation sources bring Minnesota’s carbon emissions down 34% since 2005

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The rapid cost declines for renewable energy have enabled the industry to deliver the lowest cost electricity options in Minnesota according to the 2019 Minnesota State Energy Factsheet, released today. The findings, which show that renewables are the second largest source of electricity generation in Minnesota for the second year in a row, come at a time when...

March, 4 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN –The Governor Walz Administration announced a plan on Monday morning to achieve 100 percent clean energy in the state’s electricity sector by 2050. Coming on the heels of this announcement, called the One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy, Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM), its Board Chair and one of its business members released the following statements of support:

“Today, Governor Walz set a clear direction for Minnesota that prioritizes clean energy’s role...

February, 12 2019

Clean energy businesses share job creation stories with legislators

ST. PAUL, MINN. – In recognition of the positive economic impact clean energy businesses are making across the state, Governor Tim Walz delivered a proclamation that declares today, February 13, 2019 as Clean Energy Business Day in the state of Minnesota. The proclamation coincides with Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol – an advocacy day for clean energy business owners, workers...

February, 5 2019

ST. PAUL, MINN. (February 5, 2019) - Today, the House Energy and Climate Committee is hearing a bill to increase Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard to 85 percent by 2035 and establishes a 100 percent carbon-free standard by 2050.  Clean Grid Alliance and Clean Energy Economy Minnesota support this discussion as an important first step in advancing renewable energy development in Minnesota.

"Minnesotans are currently receiving benefits from the clean and cost effective renewable energy...

October, 30 2018

Rep. Kiel's support for efficient, local, and renewable biomass heating recognized by CEEM

RED LAKE FALLS, MINN., October 30, 2018 — Representative Debra Kiel (R-Crookston) today was presented with the 2018 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) at an event hosted by Northwest Manufacturing. Representative Kiel has championed a bill the past two legislative sessions that would assist Minnesota...

September, 6 2018

Six policy priorities build on state’s expanding advanced energy market

MINNEAPOLIS, September 6, 2018 — Today, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) released a policy roadmap for the Minnesota gubernatorial campaigns of Republican nominee Jeff Johnson and Democratic nominee Rep. Tim Walz outlining how clean energy can create jobs and drive economic growth in the state. The policy roadmap, “Minnesota’s Clean Energy Roadmap:...