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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 […]

Mayor’s Energy Task Force

 The latest news reports tell us that consumers will be paying more this year for their Thanksgiving dinners. Not only for the food they put on their tables but for the energy that brought it there – as well as the energy they use to prepare their traditional Thanksgiving meal. Energy and food prices will […]

Energy and Economic Development

 Recently, I met with some local energy and environmental experts who shared with me their thoughts, concerns, and dreams about how to make positive change for our envi-ronment and our local economy. They believe we can transform our community by producing our own renewable energy and developing policies that promote conservation.  We might be able […]


 President Bush describes the US as addicted to oil and promises to do something about it only to be undercut by white house officials who reassure the Saudis that the President didn’t really mean it. On the other hand, the other day I read that Sweden plans to be world's first oil-free economy; why not […]


 “We get relatively inexpensive, reliable electricity. Who pays the price for our power?” This was the question asked at last Wednesday evening’s forum hosted by ME3, RENew Northfield and Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Ken Bradley from ME3’s JustEnergy talked about reducing energy consumption to lessen the cost both to our environment and to consumers. He […]

Transmission 1001: It’s All Connected

 If you’ve been following the energy theme in this blog, here’s something you might find of interest: How our transmission grid works and doesn’t work, some pendinginfrastructure commitments that shape our energy future, and whatyou can do about it, with tips on effective public participation. Carol A. OverlandUtility Regulatory Attorney Thursday, March 17 @ 7p […]

Energy Forum at St. Olaf

 Thursday, I went to an Energy Forum at St. Olaf, sponsored by RENew Northfield, St. Olaf PAC and other St. Olaf Student Organizations. Mike Bull, Northfield resident and one of our state’s primier energy wonks (Legislative Analyst for House Regulated Industries Committee, and is also working on ethanol in Gov. Pawlenty’s adminstration) came late and […]