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The Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) recently used grant funding from CERTs to conduct a community survey in Beltrami County, Minnesota in order to identify and understand the community’s renewable energy and energy efficiency financing needs. HRDC partnered with the Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University for the project and...
Saint Paul Energy Coordinator Jim Giebel knows the importance of saving energy for a city government. He oversees the energy usage of over 160 city facilities in Saint Paul, with 3.2 million square feet of space whose collective energy costs total around $8.5 million annually.
Minneapolis has big hopes for renewable energy in the city, with a goal of 1MW installed renewable capacity by 2014. A large step toward this goal was completed in 2011 with six individual solar projects installed along the Energy Innovation Corridor.
As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows and local dealerships begin stocking more of them, consumers will be thinking about where to find charging stations. While most EV owners charge their vehicles at home, drivers looking for a charge around town may struggle with an EV charging infrastructure in its infancy.
Located in the Minnesota River valley just southwest of the Twin Cities, Chaska bills itself as “a quality small town.” As the city grows, it is committed to doing so responsibly to improve quality of life for its residents.
Cottage Grove, a city located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Saint Croix Rivers, was ready to make some energy efficiency improvements when a new financing opportunity from the Department of Energy was introduced.
With a $2.8 million dollar Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, Hennepin County funded multiple energy efficiency projects at 12 different county facilities including the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, the Health Services Building, and the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). The...
White Bear Lake, a city located just 10 miles northeast of downtown Saint Paul, calls itself the “land of lakes and legends.” Once a popular resort area attracting visitors from all along the Mississippi River, White Bear Lake still brings in tourists with its small-town charm and big-city attractions. The city is proud of its commitment to...
Golden Valley, a western suburb of Minneapolis that is home to a number of corporate headquarters, is crisscrossed with city, state and county roads. As a consequence, the city is responsible for maintaining and paying electricity bills for numerous traffic signals.
In one of the state’s most visible and most successful projects, St. Paul’s RiverCentre used $44,000 dollars in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding to replace 1,087 high-pressure sodium lights with new, energy efficient fluorescent lamps. The cost of the project was over $125,000 dollars, but RiverCentre, receiving EECBG funding and...

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