Fresh Energy

Mission Statement

Shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all.

Contact Information

408 Saint Peter Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

General Information

Alternative Name
Principal Staff
Michael Noble
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)


Board Chair
Anne Weyandt, J.D., Ed.D.
Number of Board Members
Board Meetings with Quorum
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

Solar Energy Standard A new standard requires all public utilities to generate at least 1.5 percent of their electricity from solar energy resources by the year 2020. Community solar Community members will be able to jointly develop solar projects and receive credit on their utility bills for their share of the solar power produced. Net metering A new law expands the size of projects that qualify for net metering—a bedrock clean energy policy that allows utility customers with small onsite renewable energy systems to spin their meter backwards and save on their utility bills—to 1,000 kilowatts. True value of solar The Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources and the Public Utilities Commission will develop and implement a “value of solar” rate to compensate solar project owners for the true value of the electricity they produce. Preparing for a clean energy future Bills provide for several studies to better understand the barriers and solutions to transitioning to a fossil fuel-free energy system. Value of efficiency affirmed Legislators pass a policy that states cost-effective energy savings is an energy resource preferable to all other resources. Greening the MLS Minnesota becomes one of the first states in the Midwest to help homebuyers find a green-certified or energy-efficient home.
Current Goals
Retiring coal plants Regulating carbon pollution Improving our transportation and the built environment Expanding transmission for renewables Boosting energy efficiency
Community or Constituency Served
Fresh Energy’s work benefits the health and prosperity of communities throughout Minnesota. Minnesota’s practical and forward-thinking energy policy regularly serves as a model for other states to adopt similar laws to benefit their communities.
Geographic Area Served


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $1,537,241 75.8%
Management $356,152 17.6%
Fundraising $134,391 6.6%
Unrestricted Net Assets
0 2012 2011
End of Year: $683,643 $596,893 $591,575
Beginning of Year: $596,893 $591,575 $574,595
Difference: $86,750 $5,318 $16,980

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