Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, along with Ford Site Manager Michael Hogan and City Councilmember Chris Tolbert, have appointed an advisory group for an energy study on the redevelopment of the former Ford assembly site with the goal of creating an integrated, sustainable energy system to support it. The City of Saint Paul has been working on developing the former Ford assembly site since 2007 and the mayor has stated strongly his interest in making the project net zero.
The city has received funding from the McKnight Foundation to hire Ramboll Energy and Krifcon Engineering of Copenhagen, both of which will work closely with the technical advisory group.
According to the City of Saint Paul’s project description, the main goals of the study are:
- To identify the credible opportunities, technologies, and strategies to pursue a net zero redevelopment of the Saint Paul Ford site.
- To provide an analysis and implementation framework that can be advanced by the future land owner, developers, and local and state policy
The Ford Energy Study Technical Advisory Group will review the work of the energy design consultant team to ensure that relevant technical, policy and legal considerations are incorporated in the study analysis and recommendations. Members of this advisory group include:
- Minnesota Department of Commerce – Bill Grant, Deputy Commissioner
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – David Thorton, Assistant Commissioner
- Ramsey County – Zack Hansen, Environmental Health Director
- Xcel Energy – Lauren McCarten, Regional Vice President
- District Energy – Ken Smith, President & CEO
- University of Minnesota – John Carmody, Senior Fellow
- University of Minnesota Law School – Alexandra Klass, Professor of Law
- Ford Motor Company – George Andraos, Director of Energy
- Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce – Matt Kramer, President
- Ryan Companies – Eric Engh, Senior Vice President
- Ford Task Force representative – Matt Shuerger, Energy Systems Consulting Services
- University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research – Richard Graves, Director
- Center for Energy and Environment – Sheldon Strom, President
- Fresh Energy – Michael Noble, Executive Director (Group Facilitator/Chair)
For more information, see the City of Saint Paul news release.