Regional Clean Energy News

Mankato Free Press, Sept. 22, 2020

Electric vehicles continue to make inroads across the country, boosted by consumer demand and by corporations aiming to cut their carbon footprint to zero in the next couple of decades.

Amazon early this year ordered 100,000 custom delivery vehicles from electric vehicle maker Rivian. The electric vehicles, which will begin delivering packages to customers next year, will help Amazon reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2040.

On Monday Walmart announced it also aims to reduce its global emissions to zero by 2040, in part by switching to an all-electric vehicle fleet.

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By Tim Krohn, Mankato Free Press

Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the electric bill for his Great River Insurance business on North Riverfront Drive.

“My electric bill used to be $4,500 annually, now it’s down to $1,200 a year.”

Rekstein, who had 38 solar panels installed on the roof and awnings of his building, said the investment was well worth it.

“It’s been great. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Solar power continues to grow throughout the region and state, helped by federal and state incentives and by desire to lower electric costs and reduce reliance on coal and natural gas.

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Written by Deb Groebner, Southern Coordinator, Youth Eco Solutions

Students and coaches from YES! teams across Minnesota gathered online May 12th, 2020 to learn about electric vehicles and clean transportation during What will you drive?, our first-ever virtual YES! workshop. The featured presenter was Jukka Kukkonen, an automotive engineer by training and founder of Shift2Electric and MN EV Owners. He is a rock star when it comes to helping Minnesotans, communities, and businesses transition to electric vehicles!

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Deb Groebner and the Mankato West High School YES! team will be Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council's guests and presenters at the July 10 forum.

Senator Nick Frentz and Virginia Rutter from Nokomis Partners were guest speakers at the Jan. 10 Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council forum hosted by South Central Service Cooperative. Frentz serves as co-chair on the Governor’s advisory council on clean energy and climate.

Both the climate change subcabinet and advisory council on climate build on existing inter-agency collaboration to take bold and innovative actions that are needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and get back on track to reach 100% reliance on clean energy by 2050. Rutter provided a developer’s perspective on solar power and on how local energy solutions will play a role in the energy transition.

More here.

By Bernadette Heier | Updated January 10, 2020, at 8:21 PM

NORTH MANKATO Minn. (KEYC) — The South Central Minnesota Clean Energy Council continued the hot topic of climate change at its discussion forum on Friday morning.

Ways to implement transitions to cleaner energy in the state were discussed by environmental advocates, county commissioners, developers, business leaders and concerned citizens attending the forum.

Electric vehicle usage and availability was another topic, as Minnesota’s number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation.

Video here.