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, The McKnight Foundation, Steven Leuthold Family Foundation, SunEdison, The David Winton Bell Foundation, The Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of The Minneapolis 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.

Campbell Foundation, Clean Power Finance, R. Michael and Sharon A. Conley, Longview Foundation – Kitty and David Crosby Restricted Fund, Shayna Berkowitz and Phyllis Wiener and Still Ain’t Satisfied, a Foundation with Attitude

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, Anyonmous (3), Atomic Data, Paul and Shannon Burke, Charles Sumner Bird Foundation, David Chizek, M.D. , Christine and Loren Danielson, Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Evergreen Energy / District Energy, Fredrikson & Byron, Iberdrola Renewables, Ross and Bridget Levin, M.A. Mortenson Construction, Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appledorn, Stoel Rives, LLP, tenKsolar, The Lilja Family Foundation of The Saint Paul Foundation, The Malcolm and Wendy McLean Fund, The Nash Foundation, Third Level Design

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.

Allegro Microsystems, LLC, Anonymous (3), Amy and Paul Biewen, Eric Blank and Nancy Printz, Culp Family Foundation, Charles Dayton and Sara Evans, Alan and Lollie Eidsness, Nancy Gibson and Ron Sternal, Mark and Kate Hanson, Hayden Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Jane Newman Charitable Trust, Kathleen Jones, John and Anita Kes, Lakewinds Natural Foods, Lenfestey Family Foundation, Sarah Lynch, Michael and Patsy Noble, Christopher O’Brien, Melissa Rappaport Schifman and Jim Schifman, Mariesa and Graham Ryan, Leola Schruers, Richard and Julie Shrubb, The David Robinson and Janet Ekern Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation, The Gary and Susan Rappaport Family Philanthropic Fund, James Uttley, Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly, Medora Woods

Tesla Circle acknowledgements


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