We work between the aisle with policymakers to advance energy efficiency and clean energy innovation that diversifies and strengthens Minnesota’s economy. Here are some of our biggest accomplishments over the past five years.
Supporting clean energy jobs and investments
CEEM and its business members led and supported in-state efforts focused on the Clean Power Plan and the related State Implementation Plan in order to spur clean energy jobs and investment. The organization also worked to enact favorable state tax policies at the Minnesota Legislature to accelerate the deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies while pushing back against policy proposals that sought to levy onerous fixed charges on distributed energy resources.
The organization successfully worked to extend and increase funding for Minnesota’s Solar*Rewards program and mobilized businesses to share the many benefits of the Conservation Improvement Program and Community Solar Program in an attempt to deter legislative efforts that sought to significantly weaken both.
Upping MN's Renewable Energy Standard
CEEM and its members provided critical business support at the Minnesota Legislature as part of efforts to increase the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 50% by 2030. Additional policy work included attempts to increase the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard as well as create new market opportunities in the areas of energy storage, building codes, and biomass energy. CEEM and its business members also held roundtable discussions focused on energy and the economy with Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates.
Passage of C-PACE
The organization and business members participated in Governor Walz’ unveiling of the “One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy” which included a goal of 100% Clean Energy by 2050. CEEM was successful in passing bipartisan energy policies at the Minnesota Legislature that included energy storage and commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE).
Critical sector worker exemptions for COVID-19
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CEEM was instrumental in securing critical sector worker exemption from the Minnesota Legislature for the state’s clean energy industry and helped secure additional years of funding for the Solar*Rewards program. The organization also provided important lawmaker education on the ECO Act.
Passage of ECO
After consecutive years of education, CEEM helped to pass the bipartisan Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act. This was the most significant energy policy to be enacted into state law in over a decade. CEEM also led efforts to secure additional funding to extend the Solar*Rewards program and supported the establishment of the Minnesota Efficient Technology Accelerator. Passage of these bipartisan policies provided critical support for growing Minnesota’s clean energy economy.
We work between the aisle with policymakers to advance energy efficiency and clean energy innovation that diversifies and strengthens Minnesota’s economy.
Each fall we hold in-depth conversations with each of our member businesses to get a solid grasp on business difficulties, and how policy might be able to help.
When bills are passed in the Minnesota legislature, it is up to regulatory bodies to interpret and enact them. CEEM engages with the Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to help implement sound regulatory policy.