Powering Progress


2015 No. 12 – December

Energy Efficiency

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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Clean Energy

Xcel’s community solar turns 1 year old

Worker installing solar panel

Just one year ago, Xcel Energy launched their community solar program, receiving hundreds of proposals for solar gardens on its very first day. What’s happened since then and where do we go from here? Learn more in our 1st birthday analysis of Xcel Energy’s community solar program.

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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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