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Minnesota Commerce Department announces Minnesota Clean Energy Community Award winners

10/14/2016 8:55:05 AM

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL -- The Minnesota Commerce Department is honoring eight Minnesota communities for their efforts in support of Minnesota’s clean energy goals by promoting energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy generation.

The 2016 Clean Energy Community Awards recognize community-based initiatives that cover a wide range of clean energy activities, from the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership to the community solar garden planned by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

“Minnesota has ambitious clean energy goals and the objective of our Clean Energy Community Awards is to acknowledge the great work of communities in helping to achieve those goals,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency serves as the state energy office. “Our state is a national leader in clean energy initiatives. We want to continue our clean energy momentum, and these communities are helping to lead the way.”

Five winners were recognized for clean energy achievements:

  • City of Hutchinson
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Air National Guard, 133rd Air Wing
  • City of Morris
  • City of St. Cloud

Three communities were recognized for planning:

  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Cities of Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls
  • Chisago County

More information about the clean energy efforts of these award-winning communities is available on the /commerce/industries/energy/efficiency/ceca.jspMinnesota Commerce Department website.

The award winners will be recognized on November 10 at the Clean Energy Community Awards Conference at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul.  The Minnesota Commerce Department sponsors and coordinates the awards program, with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy and The McKnight Foundation.

Media Contact:
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
P: 651-539-1463 | C: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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