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Fresh Energy

Bold policy for a just, carbon-free future.

aka Fresh Energy   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  https://fresh-energy.org

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Mission

Fresh Energy’s mission is to shape and drive bold policy solutions to achieve equitable carbon-neutral economies. Together we are working toward a vision of a just, prosperous, and resilient future powered by a shared commitment to a carbon-neutral economy. Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. From putting Minnesota on the pathway to being a national renewable energy leader to promoting clean transportation options for our growing economy, Fresh Energy has been an essential partner in helping the region develop efficient, cost-effective, and inclusive energy programming.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Dr. Brenda Cassellius

Main address

408 Saint Peter Street Suite 350

Minneapolis, MN 55102 USA

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Formerly known as

Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy

EIN

41-1735501

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Public Transportation Systems and Services (W40)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clean Electricity

Fresh Energy’s Clean Electricity team is working to move Minnesota from coal and gas to a carbon-free, efficient, and resilient electric grid by shaping state laws and advocating for utility investments. On our path to zero emission electric grid, we must attain a benchmark of 90% carbon-free electricity serving Minnesota as quickly as feasible, securing binding timetables by utilities and other key decision-makers by 2025. Concurrently, we must drive progress toward the more difficult final 10%.

Population(s) Served

Fresh Energy’s Energy Transition team is working to decarbonize our whole economy, including buildings and transportation, by increasing efficiency, electrifying, transforming markets, and harnessing innovation. Success will involve partnering with sectors across the economy to achieve a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.

Population(s) Served

We must ensure a just transition to a carbon-neutral future that improves prosperity and health, reduces disparities, and protects consumers. In both process and outcome, Fresh Energy will eotk to actively engage all communities including Black, Indigenous, people of color, all genders, rural, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, displaced workers and others economically impacted by the transition to clean energy.

Population(s) Served

Fresh Energy is forging bold policy solutions rooted in partnership with a wide diversity of stakeholders from across the geographic and political landscape. By creating strong, collaborative, working partnerships, we will build a shared commitment to climate action.

Population(s) Served

Editorially independent from Fresh Energy’s policy work, the Energy News Network is a national network of news sites providing daily links to top energy news stories and original reporting on the transition to clean energy. The Energy News Network team is shining a light on energy decision-making and elevating diverse stories in the transition to a zero-carbon economy through independent journalism.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clean Electricity

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, the shift to economic and/or seasonal operations at five of the six remaining MN coal units reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 8.6 million tons.

Increased investor-owned investor-owned utility spending for under-resourced households thanks to the newly passed ECO Act.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Energy Access and Equity

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The ECO Act updated Minnesota's energy efficiency framework. As a result, investor-owned utilities will spend $6.6M more in 2022 & 2023 on efficiency programs for under-resourced households.

Number of testimonies offered

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

14 different Fresh Energy staff members contributed oral or written testimony 86 times during the 2023 session of the Minnesota Legislature.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Financials

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Fresh Energy

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jacqueline Johnson

Erika Bailey-Johnson

Jeffrey Broberg

Merritt Clapp-Smith

Jacqueline Johnson

Trent Mostaert

Chris O'Brien

Eric Pasi

Raj V. Rajan

Ted Contag

Jim Ladner

Ellen Palmer

Tom Strobel

Kate Wolford

Bryan Herrmann

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/02/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.