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Red Lake Falls, MN—Over thirty people toured the Northwest Manufacturing plant in Red Lake Falls on April 4th to learn about the biomass industry in Minnesota. Northwest Manufacturing is home of the Wood Master furnaces, which use cord wood and biomass pellets as their fuel source. “...
Media Contact: Dan Thiede, CERTs Communications Manager University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development or 651-334-0000
Is your local ice arena an energy hog? Most are. From refrigerating the ice to keep it frozen, to heating the bleachers for bundled up spectators, to fluorescent lights looming over the rink, there are competing sources of energy in every arena. While it can be challenging to keep energy costs down...
The GreenStep Cities program begins 2013 by announcing the 50th city to join the program. At the end of December, the Maple Grove City Council approved a resolution for the city to take part in this voluntary program of the League of Minnesota Cities and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency(MPCA...
For the last year, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and cities in Minnesota have been benefitting from the energy and cost savings of conserving hot water in their kitchens and sinks. In 2011, more than 70 participants installed efficient pre-rinse spray valves through the Minnesota Water-Saving...
Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help! CERTs seeks to provide seed grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota....
Statewide, MN – “All I wanted was a light bulb that would look and feel the same as my old bulb,” said Shaina Brassard, a Minneapolis resident. “When you go to the store you have so many choices now—it can be confusing.” It’s now been one month since new national light bulb standards took...
The Clean Energy Resource Teams, or CERTs, are kicking off 2012 by announcing seed grant awards in each of their seven regions in Minnesota. Each region awarded $10,000 worth of seed grants, catalyzing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the state. The 27 grants fund projects...
Did you know that there is a free fuel source hiding just beneath us? Folks in Brainerd are beginning to look to wastewater as a source of untapped thermal energy. Join Central Clean Energy Resource Team (Central CERT) on January 25, 2012 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Brainerd Public Utilities’ office...
The Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team (SE CERT) is looking to recruit 2-3 temporary contractors from across southeastern Minnesota to assist with its energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. The SE CERT region spans 15 counties from Blue Earth and Faribault on the west to Goodhue,...



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