Wednesday to be declared ‘Clean Energy Business Day

Mar 10, 2021
Press Release
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Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, PUC Commissioner Katie Sieben & other prominent clean energy legislative champions scheduled to speak.

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The fifth annual Clean Energy Business Day is going virtual this year with an expanded legislative speaking lineup. In recognition of the importance of Minnesota’s growing clean energy sector, Wednesday’s ‘Clean Energy Business Day’ event will include both a morning session and an afternoon session with more than 150 members of Minnesota’s clean energy business community in attendance. Details below.

WHO: Speakers during the morning session include:

  • Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

  • Commissioner Katie Sieben, Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

  • Senator Dave Senjem, Chair of Senate Energy and Utilities Committee (R-Rochester)

  • Representative Jamie Long, Chair of House Energy and Climate Committee (DFL-Minneapolis)

  • Katie Anthony, LEED AP, Director of Development, Schafer Richardson

  • Andy Kim, President and co-owner, EVS, Inc.

  • Jeremy Wacker, Vice President, Procurement, Blatter Energy

  • Gregg Mast, Executive Director of Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM)

  • David Schafer, Executive Director of Minnesota Solar Industries Association (MnSEIA)

  • Peder Mewis, Regional Policy Manager-West, Clean Grid Alliance (CGA)

  • Sheri Brezinka, Regional Director, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

  • Jamie Fitzke, Manager of Program and Policy at Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

Speakers in the afternoon session include:

  • Senator Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa)

  • Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park)

  • Rep. Patty Acomb, Vice Chair of the House Energy and Climate Committee, (DFL-Minnetonka)

  • Senator Eric Pratt, Chair of Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee, (R-Prior Lake)

WHAT: Lt. Governor Flanagan will be delivering a proclamation from the Governor announcing Clean Energy Business Day – and the panel among business members and legislators will address how policy plays a role in building Minnesota’s clean energy economy.

WHERE: Zoom. Register here as a member of the media:

WHEN: Morning session: 9:00 AM | Afternoon session: 4:00 PM | Wednesday, March 10 WHY: Learn how policy plays a role in helping the industry continue to expand and maintain Minnesota’s leadership status in the Midwest as an energy efficiency and clean energy innovator.

About Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM): CEEM is an industry-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit representing the business case for clean energy in Minnesota. CEEM provides a unified voice for clean energy business across the state. Our mission is to provide educational leadership, collaboration, and policy analysis that accelerates clean energy market growth and smart energy policies. Learn more at

About Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA): MnSEIA is a 501(c)(6) trade association that serves to move Minnesota solar forward as the voice of the Minnesota solar industry. Representing over one hundred-member companies, MnSEIA pursues its mission to grow solar energy industries as part of Minnesota’s clean energy transition by delivering strong public policy, education, job creation and sustainable industry development. This is done through active engagements at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Minnesota Legislature, and in various agency matters. Find out more at

About Clean Grid Alliance (CGA): Clean Grid Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., that works to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Its members are comprised of wind and solar developers, environmental organizations, tribal representatives, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups and businesses providing goods and services to the wind and solar industries. Learn more at

About Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE): Center for Energy and Environment is a clean energy nonprofit with special expertise in energy efficiency that stretches back nearly 40 years. CEE provides a range of practical and cost-effective energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. Learn more at

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. Learn more at