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Metro CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.
 
Contact us today to begin building your community’s clean energy future!
 
Read about the communities we’ve worked with.



Our Regional Goals:

  • Provide organizing support to help local clean energy efforts get off the ground
  • Connect efforts with existing technical and financial resources
  • Encourage collaboration among groups planning community-based projects
  • Help the State of Minnesota achieve its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals

We help communities…

  • Select projects to achieve community energy goals
  • Identify funding, technical assistance, and expertise
  • Connect to peer communities that have completed successful projects
  • Plan workshops, events, and trainings on energy topics
  • Share project stories through case studies and blog posts
  • Complete energy actions as part of the GreenStep Cities program
  • Enroll in Minnesota’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
  • Obtain project funding through CERTs Seed Grants

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Metro Contact

Diana
Diana McKeown
Metro CERT Director
Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-278-7158

Upcoming Metro Events

in St. Cloud
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Project Independence Solar PV Dedication at Chisago Lakes Middle School

Recent Blog Posts

Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study
Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 12/13/2018 - 2:05pm
Minnesota utilities should be able to continue to meet or exceed their annual energy-savings goals over the next decade, according to the Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study: 2020-2029 prepared for the Minnesota Department of Commerce and released on Dec. 4. The study was led by the...
Energy Efficiency Holiday Gift Ideas
Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:51am
This holiday season is an opportunity to pick out special gifts that your family will appreciate and that have the added bonus of delivering energy savings and a smaller carbon footprint. When you select appliances, electronics and lighting that carry the ENERGY STAR® label, you can trust that...
Minnesota's electric mix getting cleaner and cleaner
Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:07am
Minnesota’s clean energy progress is continuing at a strong pace! Overall, renewable energy generated 24.9% of the state’s electricity in 2017 compared to 8.4% in 2007, an increase of about 300% in the past decade, according to the most recent Minnesota Renewable Energy Update from the Minnesota...

Metro Steering Committee

  • Stacy Boots Camp, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Julie Drennen, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Leah Hiniker, Hennepin County
  • Paul Hoff, Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative
  • Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Garrett Mosiman, Center for Sustainable Building Research
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Erin Smith, City of Carver
  • John Suzukida, Shoreview Environment Quality Committee
  • Lee Valencour, Novel Energy
  • Terry Webster, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Eric Wojchik, Metropolitan Council

CERTs Supported Projects

See CERTs-supported projects
CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

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More Resources for the Metro Region

 
The Great Plains Institute
Metro CERT is a program of The Great Plains Institute

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission