January 12 | Dept. of Energy Webinar: Co-Location of Agriculture and Solar PV

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NREL’s Jordan Macknick, Fresh Energy’s Rob Davis, and SoCore Energy’s Laura Caspari will present an update on research and work related to co-location of agriculture and solar.

Site preparation costs for utility-scale solar projects are expected to account for 20% of utility-scale PV installed costs in 2020. Reducing these costs via low-impact development can lead to cascading reductions in other environmental-related costs and risks. Learn about NREL’s InSPIRE—Innovative Site Preparation and Impact Reductions on the Environment—study and state-based approaches to co-location of agriculture and solar PV.

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Energy Efficiency

Supporters raise $13,005 for Fresh Energy on #GTMD16

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As part of Give to the Max Day, nearly 90 Fresh Energy supporters donated $13,005 to keep Minnesota’s progress on clean energy going. We’re especially proud to work in communities across the state and earn the support from folks from Rochester to Elk River and Morris to Laporte. The momentum across Minnesota has also earned Fresh Energy national acclaim, bringing in donations from five different states yesterday alone. Fresh Energy is proud to be a leading voice for clean energy policy and we couldn’t do our work without the amazing support from individuals across the state and country. Thank you so much for your support.

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Transportation & Land Use

December 6 at Noon CST| Everything EVs Webinar


Join our electric vehicle expert Jukka Kukkonen on December 6 and ask every question you’ve ever had about EVs. Jukka Kukkonen is an electric vehicle expert at Fresh Energy who has worked extensively with auto manufacturers, private businesses, local governments, and EV owners. After giving a quick presentation, Jukka will answer your questions and help get you charged up about going electric.

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Clean Energy

Statement from Fresh Energy following last night’s election


Decades of experience have shown the value of growing clean energy businesses and jobs across Minnesota. New wind and solar projects have meant family supporting jobs and millions in tax revenue for rural communities. Energy conservation has helped cut waste from our system and lower costs for families and businesses.

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Energy Efficiency

January 27 | Built for the Future: How Minnesota can use high performance buildings to create healthy and great communities

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Join Fresh Energy for a conversation with Susan Haigh of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Jacob Corvidae of Rocky Mountain Institute as we discuss communities of the future, new and improved buildings, and the opportunities that are within reach right now.

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Global Warming

Public Utilities Commission Unanimously Approves Xcel’s 15-year energy plan

Today, the Public Utilities Commission held its final hearing and unanimously approved with modifications Xcel Energy’s 15-year energy plan (Integrated Resource Plan). After two years of rigorous study, Xcel Energy proposed a Midwest-leading energy plan for the next 15 years – doubling the amount of wind and solar on its system and taking significant strides to reduce coal with the retiring of Sherco units 1 and 2 in the mid-2020s. Xcel’s proposed energy plan saw broad support from customers, including over 10,000 Minnesotans; cities of Becker, Red Wing, and Minneapolis; Sherburne County; clean energy organizations, and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

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