City of Red Wing Receives Grant for Local Energy Project
Community-focused clean energy effort will take shape throughout 2020
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Red Wing, MN, Thursday, January 16, 2020 – It is an energizing start to 2020 for the City of Red Wing, who received a $3,030 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) last week.
“We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Community Development Director Dan Rogness. “We can’t wait to get started on our project, the City of Red Wing Climate Action Work Plan.”
The City of Red Wing will hire a consultant to develop a Climate Action Work Plan that provides a comprehensive pathway addressing climate change in Red Wing. The City engaged in a two-year process of listening to the community while developing its Red Wing 2040 Community Plan to truly reflect the concerns of the city’s constituents. One finding that emerged from these sessions was that a majority of the community wanted global warming to be recognized by the City in its actions and policies. Hiring a consultant to research and compile a Climate Action Work Plan is the first step in facilitating proactive decision-making to enhance the safety and long-term resilience of the Red Wing community.
"The City of Red Wing understands the critical need of all to address climate change right now,” said Evan Brown, Red Wing City Council Vice President. “We have been working hard for years to reduce our city energy use and support clean energy alternatives. We realize we need a climate action plan to scope out how to most effectively reduce carbon emissions in our city. It has been a focus of mine as a member of the City Council and as council liaison to the Red Wing Sustainability Commission to advocate for a climate action plan and it is exciting to get supported by CERTs in that regard.”
The award is one of 35 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totaling over $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at cleanenergyresourceteams.org/2020grants.
“CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind,” said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director. “First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits.”