CEE "Women in Energy" in the spotlight this March at CERTs
The Minnesota Women in Energy series at CERTs
(Clean Energy Resource Teams) highlights influential women who are part of Minnesota's energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2017, which is Women’s History Month.
As part of its series, CERTs interviewed Rebecca Olson, Director of Energy Programs at Neighborhood Energy Connection; and Jenny Edwards, Director of the Innovation Exchange at CEE. (Neighborhood Energy Connection and CEE will merge later this year
, operating under the shared name Center for Energy and Environment.) These excerpts are taken with permission from the series' webpage at CERTs
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?
My organization, Center for Energy and Environment, works primarily on energy efficiency implementation, research, and policy. I oversee our Engagement and Education team, where we do a lot of stakeholder and technical work to move smart energy ideas into the world faster, and in ways where they will stick. My group focuses a lot on the “people” — the users — and what they need to adopt or advance better energy solutions. Sometimes those are communities wanting to put together an energy plan, professionals who need a technical training process, or outreach to address various implementation barriers. Sometimes we provide those services directly, and sometimes we conduct research to try and understand the opportunities.
What is a typical day like for you?
Lots of meetings working on big picture impacts on MN Residential Energy use, as well as creating systems and processes to maximize impact economically. We have a residential staff of close to 40 people and are in over 7,000 homes a year (combined NEC/CEE), so making sure we are serving the community as best we can to increase energy efficiency is most of what I focus on day to day. I also do a fair amount of training on Building Science both for NEC/CEE staff as well as outside entities. I’m active on many committees locally and nationally to develop standards and give guidance for the Home Performance Industry. The other main project I am working on is a condensing boiler research project funded by the Department of Commerce through their Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) grant program.
Read Rebecca and Jenny's full interviews
, as well as those of 16 other influential Minnesota Women in Energy profiled by CERTs this year.
Rebecca Olson's bio
Jenny Edwards' bio