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.

Accredited Investors, Inc., Andersen Corporation, An Anonymous Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Anonymous, AvedaCommunity Energy, Inc., Lang Family Foundation, Ross and Bridget Levin, M.A. Mortenson Construction, Richard and Joyce McFarland, SoCore EnergySolar CitySunEdison, The David Winton Bell Foundation, The John Larsen Foundation, Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly

Newton Circle acknowledgements

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.

Anonymous, An anonymous fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Mike and Sharon Conley, Iberdrola Renewables, Leuthold Family Foundation, Prairie Restorations Inc., Rahr Corporation, Xcel Energy

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.

Donna W. Allan and Bill Mahlum, Randy and Bird Anderson, Anonymous, John Berns, Birchwood Financial Partners, Paul and Shannon Burke, Ned Crosby and Patricia Benn, Kim and Carol Culp, D+R International, Christine and Loren Danielson, Davies-Sommer Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Design Forty Five, Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Great River Energy, Customers of Lakewinds Food Co-op donating their Patch the Planet bag credit, Lenfestey Family Foundation, David and Sarah Lilja, Macalester College, Minnesota PowerMinnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, Piper Jaffray Matching Gifts, Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appeldorn, Stoel Rives LLPSunrise Energy VenturesSunShare, Medora Woods

Edison Circle acknowledgements

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.

Philip and Kathy Adam, Allegro Microsystems LLC Matching Gifts, Anonymous, Atomic Data, Audubon Minnesota, Dick Bernard, David Chizek, MD, Steve and Christine Clemens, Amy Skoczlas Cole and Jason Cole, David and Kitty Crosby, Kim and Carol Culp, Charles Dayton and Sara Evans, John and Susan Dunlop, EDP Renewables, Alan and Lollie Eidsness, Becky Erdahl, Matthew Fitzmaurice, Laura and Cody Fleischfresser, Fredrikson & Byron, Nicholas and Sarah Garbis, Ross and Monique Hammond, H.B. Hayden Jr., Innovative Power Systems, Institute on the Environment- University of Minnesota, Kathleen Jones, Jim Ladner and Tracy Van Steenburgh, Jennifer Martin, Minnesota Solar Connection, Lucy and Bob Mitchell-The Longview Foundation, Charles and Candice Nadler Family Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Richard and Janet Neville, Jane Newman and Amy Lange, Mark and Mary Jo Nissen, Michael and Patsy Noble, Christopher O’Brien, Nancy Pfund, Power Over Time, Gary and Susan Rappaport, Melissa Rappaport Schifman and James Schifman, Anne and Peter Reich, David Robinson and Jan Ekern, Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo, Gary and Mary Ann Schokmiller, Leola and Ray Schreurs, Kavitha Sitaram and Raj Rajan, Robert Secor, Shayna Berkowitz, Phyllis Wiener, and Still Ain’t Satisfied, A Foundation With Attitude, Third Level Design, James Uttley, Steve Wilson and Mary Shedd, Peter and Kimberly Walsh, Jim Wolford, John and Dana Wood

Tesla Circle acknowledgements