The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) named the cities of Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls, in partnership with our company, one of eight winners of the 2016 Clean Energy Community Award. The award recognizes community-based initiatives that support Minnesota’s clean energy goals by promoting energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy generation. The DOC recognized award winners on November 10 at the Clean Energy Community Awards Conference in Saint Paul.
Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls were one of three winners that received special recognition in planning. Both communities renovated their wastewater treatment plants by pairing energy-efficient upgrades with rebates available through our Conservation Improvement Program. “It’s an honor that the cities of Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids received recognition for their planning initiatives,” said Senior Commercial Industrial Representative Chris Waltz. “Both communities are leaders in energy efficiency, and their projects will save both energy and money in years to come.”
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency serves as the state energy office, acknowledged that Minnesota is a national leader in clean energy initiatives. “The objective of our Clean Energy Community Awards is to recognize the great work of Minnesota communities in helping to achieve those goals,” said Rothman. “We want to continue our clean energy momentum, and these communities are helping to lead the way.”
The DOC announced the award finalists this summer at the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience event, which exhibited the initiatives of all award participants. In attendance were Waltz (far right) and representatives from the Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids treatment plants.