2016 Annual Report: Remarkable year offered new opportunities for growth
This has been a remarkable year of growth at the Center for Energy and Environment.
As we've deepened our longstanding commitment to practical energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities, we've also enjoyed many opportunities this year to highlight so much that's new
in our work: CEE's energy experts grew new energy efficiency options for residents and businesses, took on new policy initiatives, found new ways to engage communities, and delved into new areas of research.
In perhaps our most significant step into new territory, last March I was fortunate to start work as CEE’s president. I was immediately struck by the high quality of our staff and how well this organization operates. Much credit for CEE's excellence is due to its founder and former president Sheldon Strom, who retired last winter after 37 years of unparalleled leadership. Sheldon is deservedly well known as a creative innovator who helped Minnesota become more energy efficient throughout his tenure. Outside CEE, however, people may be less aware that Sheldon was also an exceptional organization-builder and a cultivator of talent and leadership — a legacy that continues to burn brightly in our outcomes and operations.
As you will see in our 2015–2016 annual report
, the breadth of our work is wide, and it’s the intersection of deep technical knowledge and broad understanding of our energy system that makes CEE unique in Minnesota and nationally. We develop energy efficiency as a home-grown Minnesota resource through research, program design and implementation, engineering, community engagement, public policy, and lending. Driven by the diversity of our expertise, CEE's teams learn from each other and translate how the energy system works through the eyes of the many networks in which we serve and partner — utilities, contractors, policymakers, developers, building owners, manufacturers, regulators, and thousands of Minnesota business owners and consumers.
CEE is Minnesota’s "pragmatic pioneer" of energy efficiency, and our rich history and earned experience will be our guide into the future. As the world continues the important — though often halting — march toward a lower-carbon energy system, CEE hopes to speed the pace while honoring the balanced approach that has kept Minnesota’s energy costs historically low.
CEE is no stranger to embracing and building upon what's new, because our dynamic field has no room for complacency. Central to our work, CEE actively seeks out strategic partnerships to help us develop projects and reach areas that we haven’t reached before or can't reach on our own. As markets and human needs continue to shift and inform change, the clean energy field will continue to grow in new directions as well — ensuring that pioneering organizations like ours continue to evolve and innovate right along with it.
From established approaches to all-new initiatives, we are grateful for our supporters, our partners, and our peers, and I hope you will find a bit of yourselves reflected in the important work we've accomplished together.
CEE 2015–2016 Annual Report