Today, Governor Dayton signed a bill into law that allows Xcel Energy to build a natural gas plant in Becker, Minnesota. Though Fresh Energy believes that the bill is a missed opportunity to pursue even greater investments in local clean energy sources like wind, solar, and energy efficiency, we are hopeful that Xcel will bring plans for the proposed plant to the Public Utilities Commission for careful review.
J. Drake Hamilton ranked among global climate action leaders and influencers
Fresh Energy’s science policy director J. Drake Hamilton was recently recognized for her outstanding climate action leadership by Onalytica. The Climate Action Award: Top 100 Influencers and Brands, released on February 7, 2017- ranked J. Drake Hamilton #76 in global influence, based on relevance and reach of social media content, engagement with followers, and frequency of reference to her content.
Minnesota leads on solar for pollinators and crops
2016 was the first year of Minnesota’s solar bloom — but there’s plenty more to come. While even more solar sites are planned to be built in the years ahead, tens of millions of native flowers and short-growing meadow grasses will be taking root under and around the panels. Look for black-eyed susans to develop faster than the rest, followed by purple prairie clover, partridge pea, butterfly weed, and more.
Built for the Future: Celebrating 25 years of progress on energy efficient buildings
Fresh Energy’s Built for the Future Power Pairing event brought together two leaders with unique perspectives on high efficiency homes. Find out what they had to say.
How marginal cost pricing impacts rates
Rate design has become a primary focus of utility policy due to its impact on how customers use and pay for the energy they receive. Get the details.
Energy Matters Autumn 2016
Read the Autumn 2016 issue of Energy Matters- Fresh Energy’s print journal.