Press Releases

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:...

August, 8 2018

·      40% of clean energy workers are employed in Greater Minnesota

·      Clean energy jobs grew twice as fast as overall Minnesota job growth

·      Clean energy employs 6X more Minnesota residents than fossil fuels

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – More than 59,000 Minnesota residents now work in clean energy industries in every county in the state according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the nonpartisan...

August, 6 2018

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Governor Mark Dayton and Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) will unveil the third annual Clean Jobs Midwest Report on Wednesday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. The Governor will be joined by clean energy businesses to speak about the economic gains this fast-growing industry has made in the past year and how it’s transforming both Minnesota’s energy systems and economy. Governor Dayton will also discuss the data in the report and what it means for the future of clean energy in...

May, 23 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn -- On May 23, 2018, Governor Dayton vetoed the 2018 Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill which contained several provisions Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) had been working diligently on all session. Among the 989 page budget bill were items that CEEM supported - such as evaluation and funding for energy storage - along with items that CEEM opposed, including a language change that would have made it more difficult for solar developers to finance community solar gardens (CSGs).


March, 22 2018

Clean energy businesses share job creation stories with legislators

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Governor Mark Dayton delivered a proclamation that declares today, March 22, 2018 as Clean Energy Business Day. The proclamation coincides with Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol – an advocacy day for business owners, clean energy workers and advocates. Over the past year, the clean energy industry has enjoyed explosive growth – adding more than 600 megawatts of renewable energy...

March, 5 2018

Tax credit proposal would help boost efficiency and save Minnesotans money

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Homeowners who make the switch to high - efficiency biomass heating appliances could be getting a tax credit – if a bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives is passed this legislative session.

Not only are biomass heating systems up to 85 percent efficient, they are also scalable – you can easily use a biomass...

March, 1 2018

Clean Energy Spurring Minnesota Job Growth and Changing Energy Landscape

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Renewable energy now accounts for a quarter of Minnesota’s electricity generation, with wind alone providing 18 percent — according to the 2018 Minnesota State Energy Factsheet released today. This confirms that Minnesota is on track to meet the state’s Renewable Energy Standard seven years ahead of schedule. The findings were discussed...

February, 7 2018

MINNEAPOLIS , MINN – The Solar Foundation released its eighth annual National Solar Jobs Census on Wednesday with exciting new numbers for Minnesota. Despite a slowdown in job growth nationally, Minnesota nearly doubled its number of solar employees between 2016 and 2017. Year over year growth came in at an impressive 48 percent – making Minnesota one of 29 states that experienced an expanding solar market. That news comes as no surprise to Minnesota solar business...

September, 7 2017

Clean energy jobs in Minnesota grew 3.8 times faster than overall job growth

Industry drives Minnesota’s economic growth, adding 2,893 jobs in past year

30 percent of the State’s clean energy jobs are in Greater Minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 7, 2017) – Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) today released a new report from Clean Energy Trust and...

June, 7 2017

From: Finance & Commerce by Frank Jossi

At a regional solar conference in late May, Gregg Mast appeared on a panel to discuss clean-energy issues being debated in the waning days of the 2017 legislative session.

Mast, the executive director of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, apologized for being a bit bleary-eyed on May 23, the first full day of the Midwest Solar Expo at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and Depot in Minneapolis.

“I’ve had a few late nights; it’s been a long...

May, 10 2017

Bill will “kill jobs and stifle innovation” in industry, leaders say


St. Paul, MN (May 9, 2017) – The so-called “Jobs” and Energy Omnibus Bill (S.F.1937) “will choke Minnesota’s thriving clean energy sector,” said leaders of the state’s energy efficiency and clean energy industry.

“This bill will slam the brakes on growing Minnesota’s clean energy economy and throw it into reverse,” said Gregg Mast, executive...

April, 26 2017

Clean Energy Businesses Rally at State Capitol

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Calls for Bipartisan Policies to Grow Clean Energy Jobs in Minnesota


St. Paul, MN (April 25, 2017) – More than 100 leaders of clean energy businesses in Minnesota rallied at the State Capitol today to demonstrate support for public policies that encourage energy efficiency and  renewable energy, such...

March, 28 2017

ST. PAUL – Tuesday, March 28 – A new report from The Solar Foundation shows that Minnesota is growing solar jobs at a rapid pace. Minnesota has 118 solar companies that support 2,872 jobs throughout the state – an increase of 232 percent over the past three years.

“Solar energy growth is a big bright spot in Minnesota’s energy economy,” said Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency includes the state energy office. “Solar now creates jobs and drives business opportunities for...