DEED Awards Almost $2 Million in Five Community Energy Transition Grants Across MinnesotaFeb 16, 2021 11:38AM ● By Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development - February 16, 2021
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $1.94M in grants to five communities across Minnesota to address the economic dislocation associated with the closing of local electric generating plants.
DEED’s Community Energy Transition Grants Program awarded the funding, which will provide a range of economic assistance for eligible communities, including projects that increase a community’s lost property tax base and that create alternative economic development strategies to plan for financial challenges and to attract new employers to the community.
“These grants are critical to helping communities across Minnesota transition their economies as clean energy growth in Minnesota continues,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “These funds will help communities recover with a reimagined economic future.”
DEED’s Community Energy Transition Grants cover up to 100%, or $500,000, of the costs to improve the economic outlook in these hard-hit communities. Go to the DEED website for more information on the Community Energy Transition Grants Program.
See details on individual projects below:
Becker – Sewer and Water Plan
The city of Becker is awarded $455,000 in funding for sewer and water infrastructure improvement designs and plans that will grow the Becker Business Park and mitigate the effects of the Sherco Power Plant closure.
Local contact – Marie Pflipsen, City of Becker (763) 200-4246
Granite Falls – Infrastructure
The city of Granite Falls is awarded $397,480 in funding for land acquisition and sewer and water infrastructure improvement to expand the industrial park and mitigate the effects of the Minnesota Valley Generating Plant closure. Matching funds will be provided by the city.
Local contact – Crystal Johnson, City of Granite Falls, (320) 564-3011
Monticello – Strategic Transition Plan
The city of Monticello is awarded $500,000 in funding to complete a strategic analysis and associated planning tasks to mitigate the effects of the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant closure.
Local contact – Jim Thares, City of Monticello (763) 271-3254
Oak Park Heights – Impact Studies
The city of Oak Park Heights is awarded $87,520 in Community Energy Transition funding for utility and fiscal studies to mitigate the effects of the Allen S. King Power Plant closure. Matching funds will be provided by a dedicated municipal account.
Local contact – Eric Johnson, City of Oak Park Heights (651) 439-4439
Sherburne County – Interchange Design
Sherburne County is awarded $500,000 in funding to conduct an environmental assessment and preliminary design activities for a new interchange that will improve access to the Becker Business Park and mitigate the effects of the Sherco Power Plant closure.
Local contact – Andrew Witter, Sherburne County (763) 765-3302