Join MN SWET at the Clean Energy Resource Teams 2015 Conference

Learn about community-driven clean energy, strategic opportunities for biomass and renewable energy system funding


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team (MN SWET), a statewide team for supporting high efficiency wood energy systems, at the upcoming Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) 2015 Conference. This year's conference theme is "Community-Driven Clean Energy" and will include a full day of informative sessions, ample opportunities for networking, exhibits and half-day in-depth clean energy workshops. The event seeks to highlight successful energy efficient and renewable energy projects and inform interested parties in opportunities for implementing clean energy in their communities.


MN SWET includes diverse organizations and individuals with expertise to support effective use of wood energy technologies. MN SWET helps Minnesota facilities and businesses move toward realizing the opportunity to cut costs, support local economies and forest management, and advance clean energy development through the use of wood as energy. MN SWET is administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through a grant received from the USDA Forest Service.


Anna Dirkswager, MN SWET Project Manager and Minnesota DNR Biomass Coordinator, will be co-leading a breakout session titled, "Strategic Opportunities for Biomass". This session will provide an overview of biomass technologies currently in use in Minnesota, project models, and tools for funding and implementation. Communities and businesses that are using biomass to reduce costs and expand their clean energy options will be discussed.


MN SWET would also like to make Minnesota facilities and business aware of a half-day workshop regarding the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) being held at the conference. REAP is a renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement loans and grants program that provides guaranteed financing to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in Minnesota. The workshop will review changes to the program as well as offer assistance with preparing applications. The workshop is designed for potential applicants, those assisting potential applicants and any parties interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.


The CERTs 2105 Conference takes place from March 10-11, 2015 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


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About the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team

The Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team consists of individuals and organizations that work together to advance woody biomass goals and recognize the need to promote woody biomass utilization as a strategy to accomplish: forest management, diversified markets for the existing forest products industry, forest wildfire risk reduction, economic development and localized wealth retention, and state renewable energy strategies. The core team includes representation from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute, and the USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, Dovetail Partners, and the Headwaters and Arrowhead Regional Economic Development Commissions. Additional partners include the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, USDA Rural Development, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, Great Plains Institute, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, FVB Energy, WoodMaster, Fond du Lac Band of Superior Chippewa, and the Agricultural Utilization and Research Institute. The project manager is Minnesota DNR Biomass Coordinator, Anna Dirkswager.

About the Clean Energy Resource Teams

The Clean Energy Resource Teams are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. CERTs empower communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.