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Commissioner Kicks-Off Statewide Energy Tour

June 10, 2011

Commissioner Kicks-Off Statewide Energy Tour

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2011

Statewide energy tour focused on evaluating state's energy infrastructure, identifying opportunities for growth 
PLYMOUTH, MN - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman kicked-off a statewide energy tour today at McQuay International - a Plymouth-based clean energy company recognized as one of the world's largest air conditioning manufacturers. Joined by state Rep. Sarah Anderson and Deputy Commissioner Bill Grant, Commissioner Rothman toured McQuay's applied development center, met with senior staff, and spoke with McQuay employees.
"The work happening here at McQuay is just one example of how Minnesota can lead the nation in clean energy technology and innovation," Rothman said. "The entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and creativity of Minnesotans have put our state in a unique position to seize the job-creating, money-saving opportunities of a 21st Century clean energy economy."

Today was the first stop among many on an energy tour that will touch every corner of Minnesota. Over the next several months, Commissioner Rothman will visit energy utility facilities, clean-tech startups, and research facilities across the state. From the Iron Range to the Twin Cities to the farming communities of West Central Minnesota, Rothman is focused on understanding the energy infrastructure, demands, and opportunities of every region.

"Our goal for this energy tour is to get a hands-on assessment of the people, businesses, and infrastructure that power Minnesota's energy sector," said Commissioner Rothman. "We plan to showcase our innovative renewable energy resources for the next generation of a clean energy economy."

Rothman is looking for opportunities to build on Minnesota's clean energy success, while sustaining a reliable and efficient energy sector that meets the demands of the state's economy and consumers today, and into the future.

Look for continued updates as Commissioner Rothman and Minnesota Department of Commerce staff tour the state's energy facilities, businesses, and research centers throughout the summer.