Regional Clean Energy News

By Briana Baker

Mankato Free Press, March 31, 2021

There is help out there for your energy bills.

More Minnesotans than ever are having difficulty paying their heating and electricity bills amid the pandemic.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has funds available for Energy Assistance, and the recently approved federal stimulus includes over $100 million for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, nearly doubling the previous amount of support.

See the letter here.


Mankato Free Press, Feb. 28, 2021

(NOTE: This is not exactly "clean energy" news, but it's something all Minnesotans should know, like "Where do my groceries come from?")

Q: I believe that the gasoline in Mankato comes from the oil refinery in Rosemount. The semi-trucks that deliver the gasoline are pretty large. How many gallons are there in each truck? On an average day, how many truckloads are made to Mankato?

A: There are basically three questions, here: Where does Mankato’s gasoline come from? How many gallons do those big tanker trucks carry? How many daily truckloads are required to keep Mankatoans fueled up?

Ask Us Guy looked long and hard for any indication that the government tracks the source of a city’s gasoline supply and how much is delivered to each city. He found nothing.

But Ask Us Guy wouldn’t be Ask Us Guy if he stopped writing just because he didn’t officially have an “answer.”

So, here goes: (Continued here.)


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.

Read more here.


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.

Read more here.