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, Anonymous, AvedaCommunity Energy, Inc., Lang Family Foundation, Ross and Bridget Levin, Richard and Joyce McFarland, Solar 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.

An anonymous fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Iberdrola Renewables, M.A. Mortenson Construction, Prairie Restorations Inc., Steven Leuthold Family Foundation, 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, Atomic Data, John Berns, Birchwood Financial Partners, Paul and Shannon Burke, Mike and Sharon Conley, Ned Crosby and Patricia Benn, D+R International, Christine and Loren Danielson, Davies-Sommer Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Lakewinds Food Co-op, David and Sarah Lilja, Macalester College, Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, Piper Jaffray Matching Gifts, Raj V. Rajan and Kavitha Sitaram, Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appeldorn, Shayna Berkowitz, Phyllis Wiener, and Still Ain’t Satisfied, A Foundation With Attitude, Sunrise Energy VenturesSunShare, Jim Wolford, 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.

Allegro Microsystems LLC Matching Gifts, Audubon Minnesota, Dick Bernard, David Chizek, MD, Amy Skoczlas Cole and Jason Cole, David and Kitty Crosby, Kim and Carol Culp, Charles Dayton and Sara Evans, John and Susan Dunlop, Alan and Lollie Eidsness, Becky Erdahl, Matthew Fitzmaurice, Cody and Laura Fleischfresser, Fredrikson & Byron, Great River Energy, H.B. Hayden Jr., Kathleen Jones, Jim Ladner and Tracy Van Steenburgh, Lenfestey Family Foundation, Jennifer Martin, Lucy and Bob Mitchell-The Longview 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, David Robinson and Jan Ekern, Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo, Gary and Mary Ann Schokmiller, Leola and Ray Schreurs, Robert Secor, Third Level Design, James Uttley, Steve Wilson and Mary Shedd, John and Dana Wood

Tesla Circle acknowledgements