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e21 Initiative

Minnesota’s e21 Initiative unites utilities, consumer advocates, regulators, environmental advocates, and others to develop a 21st century energy system that better aligns a financially viable utility business model with increasing customer expectations and evolving policy goa...

About the Projects

About the Projects The electric power industry is the largest single user of electric power, higher than any other industry, consuming an estimated 12% – 15% of the nation’s electricity production. Losses occur from plant auxiliary loads, transmission and distribution, and s...

Minnesota’s e21 Initiative releases report on framework for a 21st century electric system

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) and the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) released a new report today detailing additional steps for Minnesota to protect the public interest by taking full advantage of a cleaner and more customer-centric utility regulatory framework.  

Subscriber Engagement for Community Solar

This spring, Minnesota passed legislation that will give the 75 percent of electric customers who are ineligible for rooftop solar (including renters and homeowners with shady yards) the opportunity to purchase power from a community solar garden. But the new arrays won’t...

Demand-Side Management for Municipal Utilities: A Practical Guide and Reference Manual

Demand-Side Management for Municipal Utilities: A Practical Guide and Reference Manual The goal of this manual is to provide a practical, step by step guide to assist municipal utilities in planning and carrying out demand-side management activities. What is demand-side mana...

News Release: Stephanie Haddad hired as CEE Chief Operating Officer

As new COO, Stephanie Haddad brings a wealth of nonprofit experience and organizational leadership.

Minneapolis Energy Pathways

In June of 2013, the Minneapolis City Council contracted with CEE to develop a vision for the City’s future energy system and potential legal, regulatory, and program options to achieve that vision. The City, through its Climate Action Plan , established goals for reducing t...

CEE staffer recognized for human rights work

CEE colleague Nadia Mohamed helps to improve understanding of the Muslim culture in St. Louis Park. 

Partners in Energy: July application deadline for free energy-saving program

Xcel Energy is now accepting applications for the next cohort of communities to join Partners in Energy. The deadline for applications is July 13. In communities accepted to the program, a volunteer team of local residents, businesses, and stakeholders will identify a path ...

Community Energy Forum | How Community Actions and Resources Will Shape our Energy Future

Community Energy Forum | How Community Actions and Resources Will Shape our Energy Future While energy programs are still largely established by utilities and state regulators, residents and city leaders are increasingly pursuing independent strategies to meet local clean...

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