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Energy Websites

Fresh Energy


Fresh Energy’s goal is an energy system that sustains our economies, human health, and the environment. Through advocacy, research, and collaboration, Fresh Energy's staff works to deliver laws to make clean energy more available, fight global warming, and provide less polluting, more efficient transportation options. Through it all, Fresh Energy focuses on using energy more wisely—doing more work with less energy. The staff at Fresh Energy focuses on four main areas:  energy efficiency, clean energy, transportation and land use, and global warming solutions.

Energy Self Reliant States

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If the wind blows and sun shines everywhere, then our new electricity system does not have to mimic the old – with centralized coal and gas power plants sending electricity long distance to consumers.  Instead, electricity can be generated at many, dispersed renewable energy power plants and close to where it is used. 

If renewable energy generation can be dispersed widely, then it should be locally owned whenever possible.  With local ownership, the neighbors of energy generation are also the economic beneficiaries, creating a constituency for rapidly expanding renewable power and transforming energy consumers into energy producers.

This website expands on this foundation of Energy Self-Reliant States, published in late 2009.and is written by report co-author John Farrell, a senior researcher on the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

MN Renewable Energy Society

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The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society promotes the use of and advocates for renewable energies in Minnesota through education and through the demonstration of practical applications.  MRES is involved in education, awareness, and advocacy efforts for all forms of renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on solar technologies.

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

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Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota’s faith communities, we respond to climate change by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources.


We shine a spotlight on the work of existing organizations by highlighting their incredible work.

We knit many efforts together in a powerful and unified call to action—a call that is global, scientific, and specific.

We stitch together a whole that is truly greater than the sum of its parts

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D).

NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions. . . The laboratory thereby directly contributes to our nation's goal for finding new renewable ways to power our homes, businesses, and cars.

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

Read about it here

MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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