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Making solar work for all

Solar is booming, in Minnesota and across the world. But barriers like paying high upfront costs or having to own certain kinds of property have made solar an option that really only works for some. Our new research digs in to find specific policy and financing solutions that can make solar work for all. Learn more

Clean Energy

Clean Energy

Statement on Matt Schuerger’s appointment to the Public Utilities Commission

“Matt Schuerger is both an electrical engineer and a mechanical engineer, making him a clear-eyed practical realist who will prioritize keeping energy reliable and affordable as utilities continue on the well-trod path of driving fossil fuels out of the power sector, consistent with Governor Dayton’s vision and state statutory goals. All of the industry leaders, government employees and advocacy groups who have worked with Matt Schuerger have the highest respect for him.”

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Fresh Energy to partner with the Department of Energy on national solar workshop

Fresh Energy is proud to announce that it will partner with the U.S. Department of Energy to host a National Community Solar Partnership workshop in 2016. Building off of a National Community Solar Summit at the White House on November 17, the workshop will convene solar companies, nonprofits, and state and local community leaders who are working to expand community solar in the Midwest.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Statement on the Supreme Court’s demand response ruling

“This ruling is absolutely critical to moving us toward a future where energy is used more efficiently and strategically. Minnesota utilities have already begun utilizing demand response programs in Minnesota, such as optimizing customers’ large electric water heaters and air conditioners to save all ratepayers money. But we are only beginning to scratch the surface of this potential. As utilities and regulators develop more sophisticated ways to track and implement demand response techniques into the market we will be able to shave our peak energy demand significantly – creating savings for consumers and utilities alike.”

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How can the Clean Energy Incentive Program increase low income energy efficiency?

The Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) is a provision in the Clean Power Plan that awards allowances to states for early action to invest in renewable energy, such as wind and solar, as well as low-income energy efficiency projects. Notably, double credits will be awarded for low-income energy efficiency projects that reduce end-use energy demand in 2020 and 2021. Fresh Energy is urging the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to include participation in the CEIP through five targeted recommendations.

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Schools save money by cutting energy waste

For many public schools, deciding to track their energy performance is fairly straightforward. As Steve Lund, Energy Manager for Albert Lea Area Schools explains, “after staff, utilities are your next biggest cost.” Those big energy bills also present a big opportunity to find some real savings.

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Global Warming

Global Warming

Statement on Supreme Court Putting Clean Power Plan on Pause

“The Supreme Court’s highly unusual action flies in the face of common sense and of Minnesota experience. Experts agree the Clean Power Plan is on solid legal ground and will prevail based on legal merits. Minnesota is already on track to meet the Clean Power Plan goals and we expect the ruling to be only a pause in the process toward full implementation. The Clean Power Plan is firmly anchored in our nation’s clean air laws and a strong scientific record, and we expect the Clean Power Plan will surpass this challenge as Americans continue to work together to protect our families and communities from the clear and present danger of global warming.”

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2015 was the world’s hottest year ever recorded – it’s time for action

Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data showing that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record, surpassing 2014 by an unprecedented 1.6 degrees Celsius. These new data confirm that now is the time to take global action to address climate. Thankfully, 194 countries from around the world now have a framework in place to move in that direction. On the heels of the historic Paris Agreement, it’s crucial that Minnesota continue to lead by example on energy policy that can grow local businesses and create well-paying jobs all while reducing emissions from dirty, imported fuels.

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The Narrative

The Narrative

State of Green Business 2016

The State of Green Business Report is one of the most widely read reports identifying key global trends in corporate sustainability. Fresh Energy is one of two non-profit organizations included among the report’s 10 video profiles of sustainability leaders.

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October 28 | Using Solar PV to Save Pollinators

In 2016 Minnesota is poised for a large solar bloom — likely more than 4,000 acres of ground-mounted solar will be built. That’s a piddling 0.01 percent of Minnesota’s 26.9 million acres of farmland and will generate less than two percent of the state’s electricity. But for bees, monarch butterflies, and all pollinators, it will provide a world of good.

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Transportation & Land Use

Transportation & Land Use

Fresh Energy and PlugInConnect launch EV partnership

Today, Fresh Energy and PlugInConnect are launching a special partnership focused on creating a more robust market for renewable energy fueled electric vehicles (EVs) throughout Minnesota. Jukka Kukkonen, the founder of PlugInConnect, will be providing extensive industry experience to compliment Fresh Energy’s depth of policy and regulatory expertise.

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Minnesota Partners Collaborate on Energy Code Compliance

The MECCC has recently launched a website to be a resource to code officials, buildings, and contractors who are working to implement everything from slight upgrades in wall and roof insulation and windows, to some bigger jumps in commercial lighting, HVAC and duct efficiencies, and residential envelope air tightness.

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