The Central Minnesota
Sustainable Development Plan

Energy

 

goals, recommentations, action steps:

Energy Issue I (EI)

Energy in our region: Not all of the jobs that were lost in the past ten years were to developing countries with lax regulatory oversight and low wages, many jobs were lost to advancements in technology and related productivity gains. Because the region has many companies that are working within energy related fields, developing breakthrough technology in energy production will be critical for advancing the industry cluster and the region.

Energy Issue I Goal

Increase energy efficiency: Create a more energy efficient region through working with utilities and emphasizing energy efficiency.  Employ education and outreach to capitalize on technological advancements in energy including smart grid technologies and renewable energy conducive to our region such as geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, energy storage and hydro power.

Energy Recommendations and Action Steps 

TELLING OUR STORY

THE RESILIENT READER: RREAL- Creating Commuinty Solar Gardens

 

CHAMPION INTERVIEW VIDEO

Champion Jason Edens, President, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

CHAMPION REPORTS

December 2016

September 2016

June 2016

April 2016

January 2016

June 2015

January 2015

July 2014

April 2014

January 2014

Brainerd Airport Solar Air Heat Project

In 2012 the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport added a large solar air heat installation to their facility. To view the 2012 -2013 Data Airport Click Here. For more information on the project, you can watch the following You Tube video and read this press release Efficiency at Brainerd Regional Airport.

RENEWABLE ENERGY INNOVATION PROJECT

VISION STATEMENT

Building a strong culture of collaboration around cutting-edge renewable energy technologies, a Minnesota Renewable Energy Proof of Concept Center will draw on inherent sector strengths in higher education research, community leadership, entrepreneurs, and a broad array of business innovators. By harnessing these diverse talents, shared in a common vision, an economic awakening can deliver a dynamic Minnesota renewable energy cluster marketed with global reach. This highly inclusive process drawn from wind, biomass, solar and other ascendant renewable capabilities offers substantial job-creation potential throughout the state.

REIP - Final News Release

One page summary report

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renewable Energy Innoation Project Full Report

Local Partnership Provides Solar Power Energy Savings to Brainerd Family

Coal Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge-Building A Resilient Region Powerpoint

 

Want to learn more? Interested in becoming involved with this work?

Contact Dawn Espe at Region Five Development Commission and she will put you in touch with one of the theme champions.

THEME CHAMPIONS

Keith Olander, Dean of Ag, Central Lakes College

Jason Edens, President, RREAL

Molly Zins, Executive Director, U of M Sustainable Development Partnership

Sarah Hayden, Coordinator, CERTs