One of the things I’ve learned working as a community coordinator in the west metro area is that energy issues are quite important to Conservation Minnesota members in Edina, as well as the broader community as a whole. And that’s a big part about why I was excited to organize a community forum for Edina residents to learn more about Edina’s new Energy Action Plan.
The Energy Action Plan was developed in partnership with Xcel Energy and is largely focused on where Edina gets its electricity from. To help explain what the plan, its goals, and how residents can get involved, we heard from three presenters about different aspects of it in Edina.
This included a presentation by Edina’s sustainability coordinator Tara Brown about what went into developing the plan and what residents can do themselves to help put Edina on the path towards a clean energy future. In addition, we heard a presentation by Elena Foshay, a community energy program manager from Center for Energy and Environment about a number of energy conservation programs available to residents that can both help folks save energy and money on their electrical bill. Finally, we heard a presentation from Trevor Drake with the Clean Energy Resource Teams about the different renewable options available for residential Xcel energy customers, both in Edina and other parts of the west metro.
In case you were unable to attend this even on March 14 or would like a reminder, here are a few actions Edina residents can take to implement the Energy Action Plan:
- Sign up for Xcel’s WindSource program to get a percentage of your electricity from wind power for a flat monthly fee.
- Look into installing individual solar panels on your home or subscribing to a community solar garden (check out http://www.cleanenergyprojectbuilder.org for more information).
- Sign up for Xcel’s Saver’s Switch program to cut back on energy usage during times of peak demand as well as reduce your power bill.
- Sign up for a visit with the Home Energy Squad’s experts to learn about how to make your home more energy efficient.
One of the most exciting things about the whole event was that at the end I asked for anyone interested in helping with Edina’s new push for clean energy to fill out a pledge card agreeing to follow up with one of the programs or other aspects of the Energy Action Plan. And almost a third of all attendees did just that! Which goes to show how all of us working together really can have a big impact when it comes to ensuring a new clean energy future for our communities and helping to protect the Minnesota we all love.
If you’re interested in learning more about these program or other ways to help with Edina’s new Energy Action Plan please contact me at 612-767-1571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.