Conference | Reducing Energy Costs in Local Government (Jan. 22, 2009)
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Reducing Energy Costs in Local Government

January 22, 2009
St. Cloud Civic Center (St. Cloud, Minn.)

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Minnesota local governments are facing serious economic challenges because of increased costs as well as decreased revenue. Furthermore, volatile and unpredictable energy costs are adding to these stresses on local government budgets.

This conference will give your organization a head start in preparing for an uncertain future. Learn about actions that local government can take now to reduce energy costs.

  • Hear from public entities that have successfully reduced their energy bills: what steps have been effective, and what benefits have been realized.
  • Talk with representatives from organizations that can help local governments reduce energy use.
  • Connect with others. Discuss and share information and ideas for saving energy and reducing costs.

Who should attend?

Any officials, staff, or citizens connected with cities, counties, school districts, and townships.

  • Elected officials
  • Administrators and department heads
  • Facility managers
  • All levels of staff
  • Citizens serving on commissions and boards
  • Interested individuals

For more information

Program questions? Paul Moss, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, (651) 757-2586 or (800) 657-3864,


Presentations will be shared here.

8:30–9:00 Registration, exhibit booths, refreshments

Welcome and introductory remarks

  • David Benke, Director, Prevention & Assistance Division, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Janet Streff, Manager, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce - Office of Energy Security

Panel: Energy challenges and opportunities for Minnesota local governments
Hear how energy issues are impacting Minnesota public entities in this time of economic challenge, and what strategies might be taken for the future.

  • Mary Hamann-Roland - Mayor, Apple Valley
  • Felix Schmiesing - Commissioner, Sherburne County Board
  • Bob Meeks - Executive Director, Minnesota School Boards Association
  • Dan Greensweig - Attorney, Minnesota Association of Townships

Best practices review: Reducing energy costs in local government
An electronic presentation of the Office of the State Auditor’s 2008 Best Practices Review which highlights case studies and resources available to Minnesota local governments for reducing energy costs.

10:20–10:35 Brief introductions from exhibitors
Assistance providers exhibiting at the conference will introduce themselves and services they offer.

Morning break; Visit exhibitors


Panel: Case studies of communities reducing energy costs
Learn from the experiences of public entities that have reduced spending on energy. Opportunity for audience questions.

12:15–1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 1:55

Breakout Session I: Pick one

  1. PDF - 600KbGetting started on reducing your energy costs
    > Jim Giebel, Energy Coordinator, City of St. Paul
  2. PDF - 3MbBuilding basics: Evaluating energy reduction opportunities (3Mb)
    > Mark Hancock, P.E., Senior Mechanical Engineer, Center for Energy and Environment
  3. PDF - 400KbCutting energy costs for vehicle fleets
    > Maurice Gieske, Director, Public Works Management Support Department, Hennepin County
  4. Cost-free options: Changing work hours and work patterns
    > PDF - 500KbMatt Hylen, City Administrator, City of St. Francis
    > PDF - 500KbGary Sims, Principal, MACCRAY School District
2:00 - 2:45

Breakout Session II: Pick one

  1. Getting started: Identifying resources for technical assistance
    > PDF - 1.5MbDoug Karnuth, C.E.M., Program Consultant, Schools for Energy Efficiency (1.5Mb)
    > Tom McDougall, P.E., Assoc. AIA, President, The Weidt Group
    > PDF - 250KbMike Vennewitz, Coordinator, Minnesota Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program
  2. PDF - 2.5MbBuilding energy reductions: Improving existing buildings (2.5Mb)
    > Lonnie Brokke, Director, Roseville Parks and Recreation
    > Chris Nelson, P.E., LEED AP, Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
  3. PDF - 3MbReducing energy costs for school bus fleets (3Mb)
    > Roy Hallanger, Transportation Analyst, Plant Operations and Transportation Department, Minneapolis Public Schools
  4. Cost-free options: Cost savings through policy and ordinance changes
    > PDF - 350KbJohanna Kertesz, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    > PDF - 750KbBrian Ross, Principal, CR Planning
2:45 – 3:00 Afternoon break
3:00 – 3:40

Breakout Session III: Pick one

  1. Getting started: Identifying resources for financial assistance
    > PDF - 300KbJeremy de Fiebre, Operations Supervisor, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce - Office of Energy Security
    > PDF - 1.5MbAnne Hunt, Deputy Policy Director / Environment, City of St. Paul (1.5Mb)
  2. PDF - 2.5MbBuilding energy reductions: Designing new buildings (2.5Mb)
    > Michael Fischer, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, LHB, Inc.
    > David Williams, Mechanical Engineer, LHB, Inc.
  3. PDF - 1 MbCooperative purchasing and hedging of vehicle fuels (1Mb)
    > Jackie Finger, Acquisitions Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Administration
    > Allen Hoppe, Treasury Manager, Metropolitan Council
  4. PDF - 1.5 MbCost-free options: Involving citizens in identifying cost-saving opportunities (1.5Mb)
    > Melissa Pawlisch, Coordinator, Clean Energy Resource Teams, University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
3:45 – 4:30

Breakout Session IV: Pick one

  1. Getting started: Evaluating renewables for your operations
    > PDF - 500KbStacy Miller, State Programs Administrator, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security
    > PDF - 1.5MbLise Trudeau, Engineer, Renewable Energy and Advanced Technologies, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (1.5Mb)
  2. Reducing energy costs in wastewater treatment plants
    > PDF - 2.5MbRick Ashling, Plant Superintendent, City of Albert Lea (2.5Mb)
    > PDF - 400KbCindy McComas, Director, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
  3. PDF - 700KbSaving energy in traffic and street lighting
    > Gary Brown, Director of Engineering, City of Brooklyn Park
  4. Cost-free options: Energy performance contracting
    > PDF - 300KbDon Fehr, Facilities Manager, Scott County
    > PDF - 150KbJeremy de Fiebre, Operations Supervisor, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce - Office of Energy Security


The event features assistance providers in the energy field.

Last updates: Feb. 4, 2009