Media: Reduce wasted energy and support renewables (Twin Cities Business)

Aug 27, 2015

September 2015 Twin Cities Business guest commentary is by CEE's Mike Bull

From Twin Cities Business:

Minnesota’s energy world has never been more complex or uncertain than it is today, prompting necessary innovations and new economic models for success. The more things change, however, the more they remain the same. At the end of the day, the bottom line is still king. But whether you draw that line at the level of energy users or the energy sector, there’s more than one route to getting there.

I read with interest your article “New Energy, New Economics” (June). It captures the current state of Minnesota’s electric utilities and the powerful new levers unleashed by recent cost drops in wind and solar production.

For almost four decades, the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) has played a role in our state’s evolving energy generation and distribution approaches, which have been especially volatile in recent years. Today’s emerging technology allows for more control than ever over energy use and storage. Recognition of climate change has upped the urgency and helped usher in important new carbon–reduction strategies. And outdated utility models have prompted action toward new customer-focused solutions for long-term energy security ...

Read Mike's full commentary at Twin Cities Business magazine online