Sen. Dave Senjem receives Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award

December 15, 2020

CEEM recognizes Sen. Senjem for his strong leadership and efforts to build a clean energy future

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) presented its 2020 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award to Senator Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) at an online ceremony on Tuesday.

Over the course of his nearly two-decade career as the senior senator from Rochester, Senator Senjem has been a lead voice within the Republican caucus of the Minnesota Senate, working toward a transition to clean, affordable and reliable energy.  His most recent work involved his authorship of the Clean Energy First bill; legislation which would direct the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to prioritize energy efficiency and carbon-free resources when evaluating utilities’ integrated resource plans while also ensuring reliability, affordability, and local benefits to Minnesota citizens and workers. Sen. Senjem has also made a total of five exchange trips to Germany to learn from the European nation’s leadership on all things related to clean energy. 

“Sen. Senjem has been a steadfast champion for clean energy jobs, innovation, and a clean energy future for Minnesota. His efforts have laid important groundwork for building a stronger and more resilient clean energy economy in our state. We thank him for his leadership,” said Gregg Mast, Executive Director of CEEM.

In addition to his significant contributions on Clean Energy First, CEEM applauds Sen. Senjem’s work on the recently passed $1.9 billion bonding bill which creates new opportunities for many energy efficiency and clean energy businesses.

“I truly believe that my work on clean energy issues in Minnesota is the most important work I’ve ever done in my time at the Minnesota Senate. As I have become educated about this issue, my ideas and support has evolved. I want to thank the entire Clean Energy Economy MN team, board, and members for this recognition, it means a lot to me,” said Sen. Senjem.

“With Senator Senjem’s leadership, Minnesota has become a very attractive state for continued investments that have resulted in significant business growth for Werner and other local businesses within the energy value chain. Werner Electric has been very grateful for our partnership with Senator Senjem over the years, and we’re thrilled to congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition,” said Brian Bakalyar, Solar Supervisor at Werner Electric’s Rochester location.


About Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM): CEEM is an industry-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit representing the business case for clean energy in Minnesota. CEEM provides a unified voice for clean energy business across the state. Our mission is to provide educational leadership, collaboration, and policy analysis that accelerates clean energy market growth and smart energy policies.

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