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Get a power surge at this year’s State Fair Energy Exhibit

8/17/2018 1:49:24 PM

For Immediate Release

SAINT PAUL — Where does our electricity come from and how does it get to us? Can I get my power from renewables without having to install my own solar energy system? How can Minnesota communities support clean energy? 

To get answers and boost your energy IQ by a few megawatts, be sure to stop by the Energy Exhibit at this year’s Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 23-Sept. 3).

The exhibit, coordinated by the Minnesota Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources, is located in the Eco Experience building at Cosgrove Street and Randall Avenue on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds.

There’s nothing on a stick at this exhibit, but here are a few things you will find:

  • Clean Energy Communities. Find out what Minnesota communities are doing, and can do, to build a clean energy future. The 2018 /commerce/industries/energy/efficiency/clean-energy-community-awards/ceca-winners.jspClean Energy Community Award winners will be featured, as well as a community street scene with an electric vehicle charging station, LED street lights and more. Minnesota GreenStep Cities and the Center for Energy and Environment are partners. 
  • Here Comes the Sun. See a solar array and learn about opportunities for community solar systems, including how they can support pollinator habitats. Partners include Werner Electric, Powerfully Green, Prairie Restoration, Mann Lake and Fresh Energy
  • Minnesota Electricity and Green Pricing. Check out an interactive display that shows the changing sources of Minnesota electricity and how power gets to you. Learn how to sign up for a green pricing program with your utility. Xcel Energy and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission are partners. 
  • Climate in Jeopardy. Based on the Jeopardy TV show, this quiz will test your knowledge of Minnesota climate and energy facts. Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is a partner. 
  • LED Lighting. The always popular LED lighting display returns to showcase many new products for commercial and residential lighting. The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and Werner Electric are partners. 

A wide range of energy-related fact sheets and publications will also be available, including free copies of the C>Commerce Department’s Home Energy Guide and CERTs’ Right Light Guide.

The State Fair Energy Exhibit is a partnership of state agencies, utilities, retailers and nonprofit groups. It is an educational exhibit, so you won’t get a sales pitch when you visit.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency manages the State Fair’s Eco Experience. Which is one of the largest environmental events of its kind in the country. It drew about 250,000 visitors last year.

If you have a question about energy, contact the Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center by email at or by phone at 800-657-3710.

Media Contact
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
p: 651-539-1463 | c: 651-368-5050 |



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