Power Circles

Fresh Energy’s Power Circles recognize the leading individual, business, and organizational members who make generous unrestricted contributions of $1,000 and above each fiscal year. Through their commitment, Fresh Energy is able to promote laws and rules to create a clean energy system that sustains our economy, human health, and the environment.

Newton Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $10,000 or more in a fiscal year.
Mathematician and physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was among the foremost scientific intellects of all time.  As the identifier of gravity, developer of mathematics of orbital motion who made foundational contributions to all branches of mathematics and modern physical science, Newton is the exemplar of using scientific investigation to solve scientific problems. The Newton Circle celebrates the application of scientific investigation to the solution of problems.

Aveda, Lang Family Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Richard and Joyce McFarland, SunEdison, The David Winton Bell Foundation, The Pohlad Foundation, Mark and Kate Hanson

Newton Circle acknowledgements


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Curie Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $5,000-$9,999 in a fiscal year.
Marie Curie (1876–1934) originated the theory of radioactivity by hypothesizing and testing the revolutionary concept that rays emitted by uranium could be atomic in nature. Curie’s radical theory ultimately contributed to a fundamental shift in scientific understanding of matter and energy. The Curie Circle celebrates the original thinking that makes scientific breakthroughs possible.

Campbell Foundation/Jim and Carmen Campbell, Clean Power Finance, Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly, Paul and Shannon Burke, R. Michael and Sharon A. Conley, Shayna Berkowitz and Phyllis Wiener and Still Ain’t Satisfied, a Foundation with Attitude, Steven Leuthold Family Foundation, Wendy Bennett and Kendall Powell

Curie Circle acknowledgements



Edison Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $2,000–$4,999 in a fiscal year.
Thomas Edison (1847- 1931) is America’s iconic industrial inventor and savvy businessman. His genius for transferring technology from the lab to the market was, as he put it, “…1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” The Edison Circle celebrates the inspiration and hard work in successfully harnessing new energy sources.

Alan and Lollie Eidsness, Anonymous (2), Atomic Data, Charles Sumner Bird Foundation, Christine and Loren Danielson, Dave and Sarah Lilja, David Chizek, Donna W. Allan and Bill Mahlum, Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Fredrikson & Byron, Iberdrola Renewables, James Uttley, M.A. Mortenson Construction, Michael and Patsy Noble, Randy and Bird Anderson, Ross and Bridget Levin, The Malcolm and Wendy McLean Fund, The Nash Foundation

Edison Circle acknowledgements

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Tesla Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $1,000–$1,999 in a fiscal year.
Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was a pioneer of modern electrical engineering. Tesla’s patents formed the basis for alternating current, the AC motor, and the polyphase system of electrical distribution. Tesla inventions were major contributors to the launching of the Industrial Revolution. The Tesla Circle celebrates the economic power of transformative technology.

Amy and Paul Biewen, Anonymous, Becky Erdahl, Carolyn Foundation, Charles Dayton and Sara Evans, Christopher O’Brien, David and Kitty Crosby, David Leppik and Jordan Wood, David Robinson, Duane Ninneman, Eric Blank and Nancy Printz, Gary and Mary Ann Schokmiller, Gary and Susan Rappaport, H.B. Hayden Jr., Jane Newman and Amy Lange, Joel and Alexandra Cannon, John and Anita Kes, Kathleen Jones, Kim and Carol Culp, Lenfestey Family Foundation, Leola Schruers, Mary T’Kach, Melissa Rappaport Schifman and Jim Schifman, Nancy Gibson and Ron Sternal, Patricia Benn and Ned Crosby, Raj V. Rajan, Richard and Julie Shrubb, Robert Secor, Sarah Lynch, Steve Wilson and Mary Shedd, SunShare, Terrance Brueck, Third Level Design, Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appledorn, Mark and Kate Hanson

Tesla Circle acknowledgements