Clean Energy Panel in Fergus Falls

Clean Energy Panel in Fergus Falls

West Central Initiative (WCI) will host a panel presentation and discussion about our regional transition to clean energy on Friday, March 6, from
12–1:30 p.m.

“You’ll hear from a diverse panel of community leaders about how the clean energy transition can help rural communities and benefit Minnesota,” said WCI President Anna Wasescha.

Panelists include:

Minnesota State Senator David Senjem, a Republican from Rochester and a leader of the Clean Energy First legislation.

Guido Wallraven, technical planner of Saerbeck, Germany, a visionary rural community that has made clean energy an economic opportunity for many residents.

Blaine Hill, city manager of Morris, Minnesota, and a leader of the Morris Model effort.

Steve Schoeneck, vice president of customer service, and Brian Draxten, manager of resource planning, both with Otter Tail Power Company, to discuss the company’s resource plan and clean-energy programs and goals.

Grey Fynboh, Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor, and a Morris-area farmer who has traveled to Germany to learn more about how clean energy intersects with farming.

“These types of discussions are important to our communities, our region, our state, and beyond.” said Wasescha. “The technology to generate, transmit, and use energy is changing rapidly. This modernization presents new and exciting opportunities. By gathering to share ideas and concepts, we’re learning and growing as a region and moving toward our shared goal of a clean energy future.”

The program is part of the binational Climate-Smart Municipalities exchange between Minnesota and Germany hosted by the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

“The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is proud to partner with WCI and to extend an opportunity to be inspired by what a small ag community in Germany is doing to ensure their energy transformation creates local economic value, local pride, and boosts collaboration,” said Sabine Engel, director of international partnerships for the University of Minnesota. “Rural communities, Guido Wallraven proves, are innovators. As they harness the renewable energy and sustainability transition, they show why that future is bright. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”

To register for this free event, visit West Central Initiative is located at 1000 Western Avenue in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The organization will serve refreshments.