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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Northfield begins Energy Action Jump Start

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Months of planning by the Northfield Energy Subcommittee turns into reality this month as the City begins the Energy Action Jump Start. At their July 23 meeting, the Northfield City Council approved an agreement with Xcel Energy to support the first 18 months of action. 

The Energy Action Jump Start is part of the Northfield’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Board (CAPAB) Energy Subcommittee Report, created with the help of Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy offering. CAPAB Energy Subcommittee chair Martha Larson actively recruited a diverse group of community representatives from small businesses, industrial businesses, the colleges, community organizations, and greater Northfield community to create the Energy Subcommittee Report. 

The Energy Action Jump Start includes 14 strategies and goals. Outreach is focused on two target audiences:

  • Small consumers such as homeowners and renters, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Large consumers such as the colleges and hospital, large businesses, and industrial businesses

“The Energy Action Jump Start will help us hit the ground running toward reducing our carbon footprint,” said Beth Kallestad, Program Coordinator. Kallestad continued, “At the core of the jump start is accessible education and awareness to ensure that everyone in the Northfield community is aware of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

The first actions include updating the City of Northfield’s website to include resources about energy efficiency and renewable energy, distributing free LED bulbs and signing people up for Home Energy Squad visits at Riverwalk Market Fair on September 14, and forming an Energy Action Team to help with on-the-ground support.

To learn more about Northfield’s Climate Action Plan, Energy Subcommittee Report, and Energy Action Jump Start visit our energy page

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