It is an energizing start to 2018 for Connexus Energy in Ramsey! The Minnesota Cooperative received a $5,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) today.

“We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Eric Kruzan. “We can’t wait to get started on our project, Municipal Fleet Vehicle Analysis for Electric Vehicle Adoption.”

The goal of the Municipal Fleet Vehicle Analysis for Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption is to assist cities in analyzing their fleet using a proven process. The process uses vehicle data collection, duty cycle analysis, and a final report showing total cost of ownership for electric vehicles to design a plan to effectively integrate EVs into their vehicle fleets to meet sustainability goals. Connexus Energy will be working with 3-4 municipalities to analyze their vehicle fleets for EV adoption. The three step process provides vehicle specific, hard data collection of daily vehicle duty cycle, dwell time, and EV drive-train modeling for selected electric vehicles to determine suitability of EVs in their fleets.

The award is one of 39 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the ninth round of Seed Grants from the group and totals over $1 million to 300 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed here.

“CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind,” said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director. “First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits.”