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How Southwest Transit Plans to be Carbon Neutral by 2050

July 12, 2022

LHB’s Climate Solutions studio has worked with many local governments on sustainability and climate action planning. As more organizations commit to emissions reduction goals, the studio is expanding to support developers, institutions, and agencies such as SouthWest Transit.

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Rural electric cooperatives and their role in Minnesota’s clean energy transition

July 5, 2022

Electric cooperatives are technical and experienced organizations that are capable of large-scale renewable energy deployment and innovation necessary for the energy transition. Cooperatives serve over 42 million people, and provide power to over 21 million businesses, homes, schools, and farms in 48 states.

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Minnesota's Emerald Ash Borer Problem

June 3, 2022

By now, many have heard about the little green bugs crawling into the news, firewood and millions of ash trees across the country. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is this invasive species that will soon infect and kill most of the ash trees in Minnesota. Minnesota is especially susceptible to this infestation because ash makes up a staggering 15 percent of the total tree population in the state. In the next few decades it is expected that almost all of these trees will need to be removed and replaced, making it one of Minnesota’s greatest challenges today.

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MISO’s energy storage model increases the market revenues for Minnesota energy storage

February 18, 2022

This summer, MISO will turn on the anticipated storage market model switch. It has been a long journey for storage companies and renewable developers to address climate change with battery technology. With so many twists and turns for storage at MISO, it is important that CEEM members not lose heart. CEEM and its members should become active at MISO stakeholder meetings and voice their concerns for additional aggregation market opportunities.

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Clean energy opportunities abound in Minnesota’s relationship with Finland

September 17, 2021

The Finnish Minister of Trade and Development and Finnish Ambassador will visit Minnesota in October and are planning to meet with Governor Walz and other businesses and trade representatives.

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The microgrid revolution faces ethical questions

August 19, 2021

Back in the 1990’s all of the solar power installed in Minnesota was known as “off-grid solar,” a thing only interesting to people who owned remote cabins. By necessity, these power systems were self-contained, having energy storage that was optimized for the most run-time that the customer could afford.

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The importance of the bioeconomy as part of the clean energy economy

July 23, 2021

When people think about the clean energy economy, what comes to mind? Solar photovoltaic and wind energy are likely at the top of the list. Perhaps other renewable sources of energy like solar heating, ground-source heating and cooling, geothermal power, or hydroelectric. Or non-renewable low carbon technologies like fossil energy with carbon capture or nuclear power. While these are all important, biomass and the bioeconomy are also key contributors to a clean energy economy.

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How the Pandemic is Driving Commercial Building Energy Use

March 29, 2021

Months into the COVID-19 lockdown last year, positive headlines were few and far between. Among the limited uplifting topics to catch public attention, however, was sustainability. In December 2020, news outlets across the country wrote about data published in the journal “Earth System Science Data” that showed a 7 percent drop from fossil emission levels compared to 2019. That equates to an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes’ difference in CO2 emissions.

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Community reinvigorated through sustainability and energy efficiency

February 4, 2021

There are many ways one can “live the good life,” but for many, it starts with a comfortable home. Leadership of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians were looking not only for comfort when commissioning the Mino-bimaadiziwin apartment complex, but also for housing that encompasses the tribe’s heritage of sustainability and togetherness. In partnership with Loeffler Construction and Consulting, Landon Group, and Cunningham Group, CEE joined this project to bring comfort and sustainability through energy efficiency and to ensure that this building marks the beginning of a long-lasting and sustainable home for members of the Tribe.

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