Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

Just a reminder that the April 4, 2008 deadline is approaching for requests for seed money available from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Up to $25,000 in seed capital is available for biobusinesses through the newly created Bio Seed Fund. These funds are designed to support start up and expanding bio-medical, bio-agriculture and renewable energy […]

The Environment

The creation of green-collar jobs and legislation to reduce global warming will be addressed this session. The 2008 Legislature is committed to finding ways to save our environment and improve the quality of life for not only ourselves but that of future generations.

“Legislature is earning high marks for efficiency”

That is the headline of a March 14 editorial in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.  The Legislature has accomplished more in one month than some Legislature’s handle in an entire session and we have just begun. Some of the accomplishments are: The first comprehensive transportation package in 20 years. Early passage in the House of a Capital […]

Feed-In Tariffs: The Future of Renewable Energy

In an earlier blog on the District 25B Energy Summit held on January 31, I talked about the need for a program called Feed-In Tariffs. A feed-in tariff is a fixed price for renewable energy that the local utility company pays to local renewable energy producers. The producers then generate renewable energy either through solar […]

MN House District 25B Energy Summit

On January 31st, the first ever MN House District 25B energy summit convened at St. Olaf College. Approximately 50 people attended to discuss future energy policies and challenges facing local communities with particular attention devoted to District 25B. After a quick introduction by myself, Rep. Bill Hilty, Chair of the House Energy Committee, opened with […]

Reminder: MN House District 25B Energy Summit

Just a reminder of the upcoming, first ever, MN House District 25B energy summit I am hosting with the Northfield Energy Taskforce. This summit will be held in the Valhalla Room at St. Olaf College on January 31st at 5:30PM. The purpose of this event will be to discuss and share ideas about the energy […]

Local Ownership For Energy Projects

A recent article by H. J. Cummins, Star Tribune, reports on my sponsorship of a bill to encourage local ownership of small energy projects. This proposal takes a more European approach to renewable energy. The measure would be a counterpoint to other tax incentives, including a federal production tax credit, that typically benefit large, corporate investors. […]

First Ever Energy Summit of Minnesota House District 25B

The Northfield Energy Taskforce and I will be hosting the first ever Energy Summit of Minnesota House District 25B on January 31st, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Olaf College, Valhalla Room. The purpose of the event will be to discuss and share ideas about the energy challenges and opportunities facing local governments given the […]

Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty

* A program for the general public There will be an informational meeting at the Rochester Community & Technical College, Heinz Center Commons: 1926 College View Road E (SE corner of College View and 19th Ave. SE). in Rochester, MN on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM It is free to the public and […]
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