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, Mark and Kate Hanson, Lang Family Foundation, Richard and Joyce McFarland, Sarah Sponheim, Mr. Robert Struyk, SunEdison, The David Winton Bell Foundation, The Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Pohlad Foundation

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.

Anonymous, Paul and Shannon Burke, Campbell Foundation, Clean Power Finance, Longview Foundation – Kitty and David Crosby Restricted Fund, Steven Leuthold Family Foundation


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 (2), Atomic Data, Shayna Berkowitz and Phyllis Wiener and Still Ain’t Satisfied, a Foundation with Attitude, Charles Sumner Bird Foundation, David Chizek M.D., Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Evergreen Energy / District Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Ross Levin, Dave and Sarah Lilja, Lilja Family Foundation of The Saint Paul Foundation, M.A. Mortenson Construction, Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appledorn, tenKsolar, The Malcolm and Wendy McLean Fund, The Nash Foundation, Jim Wolford, Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly

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.

Alan and Lollie Eidsness, Allegro Microsystems, LLC, An anonymous fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Anonymous (3), Charles and Candice Nadler Family Foundation, Charles Dayton and Sara Evans, Christine and Loren Danielson, Culp Family Foundation, David Robinson and Janet Ekern Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation, Deborah Schlichting and Charles Blomme, Emily and Eric Chad, Eric Blank and Nancy Printz, Fredrikson & Byron, Gary and Mary Ann Schokmiller, Hayden Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, James Uttley, Jane Newman and Amy Lange, Jane Newman Charitable Trust, Joel and Alexandra Cannon, John and Anita Kes, Lakewinds Natural Foods, Mariesa and Graham Ryan, Melissa Rappaport Schifman and Jim Schifman, Michael and Patsy Noble, Peter H. Bachman and Janet Rice Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, R. Michael and Sharon A. Conley, Richard and Julie Shrubb, Robert Secor, Ross and Monique Hammond, Sarah Lynch, The Gary and Susan Rappaport Family Philanthropic Fund, Third Level Design

Tesla Circle acknowledgements


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