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ELPC’s Schmitz Represents NDARE at Briefing with Secretary of Energy

ELPC’s North Dakota-based Government Relations Specialist Mindi Schmitz, who also chairs the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE), participated in a clean energy business briefing with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on April 26th in Washington, D.C. Schmitz attended the event at the invitation of the Pew Clean Energy Initiative.

Schmitz was one of nearly 40 business and clean energy leaders from 17 states in attendance at the briefing. In addition to the briefing, Schmitz met with staff from the North Dakota congressional delegation to reinforce the importance of renewable energy development in North Dakota and to discuss federal support for clean energy innovation.

North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy Elects ELPC’s Mindi Schmitz as President

JAMESTOWN – Mindi Schmitz, Jamestown, has been elected President of the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE).

Schmitz is a Government Relations Specialist working in the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s Jamestown office on renewable energy development policies and implementing the Farm Bill’s clean energy development programs.

Mindi Schmitz
ELPC Government Relations Specialist Mindi Schmitz is based in our Jamestown, ND, office.
“NDARE advocates for renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Dakota and the vast majority of North Dakotans support growing the renewable energy sector,” Schmitz said, noting that membership is open to all individuals, businesses, agencies and organizations that are involved with renewable energy and energy efficiency activities.

According to a public opinion survey commissioned by NDARE this winter, almost all (97%) North Dakotans feel that energy efficiency is somewhat or very important and more than one-half of the survey respondents believe that additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will create jobs in the state.

North Dakota currently ranks 5th in the US for the percentage of electricity provided by wind power and 10th in the US for installed ethanol production capacity.

“Interest in renewable energy, including wind, biofuels and solar energy, continues to grow in North Dakota.  Consumers and businesses are also increasingly turning to energy efficiency as a way to save money on their energy bills,” said Schmitz.

Other officers elected include Vice President, Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, NDSU Ag and Biosystems Engineering, Fargo; Secretary, JoAnn Rodenbiker, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, Cando; and Treasurer Kim Christianson, Bismarck.  Newly elected board members include Russell Schell, RJ Energy Solutions, Fargo and Zac Smith, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Mandan.  Kayla Pulvermacher, North Dakota Farmers Union, Mandan, also serves on the board of directors.

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy is a diverse membership-based advocacy organization that works with citizens, industry, government, interest groups, and educators to promote the development and use of renewable energy – including biofuels, biomass, and wind energy, as well as the widespread adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation practices.

For more information on NDARE, visit www.ndare.org.

ND Alliance for Renewable Energy: Survey Shows Strong Support for Renewables

BISMARCK – Almost all (97%) North Dakotans feel that energy efficiency is somewhat or very important, according to a newly-released statewide public opinion survey commissioned by the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE).

The survey was conducted by the University of North Dakota Bureau of Governmental Affairs, with financial support from North Dakota’s Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

“The results of this survey underscore what we’re hearing from North Dakotans in every corner of the state – energy efficiency and renewable energy are important parts of our energy equation,” said NDARE president Kim Christianson, noting that 72% of respondents favor having a state energy building code and that 87% support new public buildings meeting stronger standards of energy efficiency.

Survey respondents also felt that the state legislature should do more to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“More than 70 percent of those polled agreed that additional funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency should be allocated from a state trust fund, which was originally established to support water and energy efficiency projects.  Historically, less than one percent of the Resources Trust Fund has been directed toward energy efficiency,” Christianson said.

Respondents favored utilizing Resources Trust Fund monies to develop robust energy education programs, monitoring energy use in public buildings and developing utility rebate programs for consumers.

Christianson also noted that the survey respondents supported the expansion of the state’s weatherization program and extending tax incentives for geothermal, biomass, solar and small wind programs.

The survey also showed strong support for wind power as an energy generation resource, followed closely by energy efficiency, natural gas and solar energy.  In addition, more than one-half of respondents believe that additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will create jobs in the state.

Survey results also strongly support the addition of energy consumer and energy efficiency representation on North Dakota’s state-level energy policy commission, which is chaired by the North Dakota Commerce Commissioner.

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy is a diverse membership-based advocacy organization that works with citizens, industry, government, interest groups, and educators to promote the development and use of renewable energy – including biofuels, biomass, and wind energy, as well as the widespread adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation practices.

For more information on NDARE and to download a full version of the survey results, visit www.ndare.org.

North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy Board Members Include ELPC’s Mindi Schmitz

BISMARCK – Kim Christianson, Bismarck, has been re-elected President of the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE).

Christianson, retired, is the former manager of the Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the ND Department of Commerce and also served as Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor at Bismarck State College.

“NDARE’s mission is to advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Dakota.  Membership is open to all individuals, businesses, agencies and organizations that are involved with renewable energy and energy efficiency activities,” Christianson said.

North Dakota currently ranks 6th in the US for the percentage of electricity provided by wind power and 10th in the US for installed ethanol production capacity.

“Renewable energy projects and industries continue to grow in North Dakota,” said Christianson, noting that wind energy accounts for more than 15 percent of the electricity generated in the state.  “We will continue to advocate for state and federal policies and programs that advance clean energy development in North Dakota and across the nation.”

Other officers elected include Vice President Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, NDSU Ag and Biosystems Engineering, Fargo; and Secretary-Treasurer Warren Enyart, M-Power, LLC, Cooperstown.  Other NDARE Board members include Mindi Schmitz, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Jamestown; Emily McKay, Great Plains Energy Corridor, Bismarck; and newly-elected members Kayla Pulvermacher, North Dakota Farmers Union, Jamestown and Joann Rodenbiker, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, Cando.

NDARE has also retained Riverwind Consulting, West Fargo, to provide coordination services for the organization.  Riverwind Consulting’s President, Patrice Lahlum, will oversee day-to-day operations for the organization.

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy is a diverse membership-based advocacy organization that works with citizens, industry, government, interest groups, and educators to promote the development and use of renewable energy – including biofuels, biomass, and wind energy, as well as the widespread adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation practices.

For more information on NDARE, visit www.ndare.org.

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