Energy Plan

In the summer of 2010, the Cook County Board, the City of Grand Marais, and the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), formed a partnership to develop an Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Plan (ECRE Plan) that would pertain to both the City and the County.  The purpose of this project is to better prepare our community for the challenges of a rapidly changing energy environment, and to be better able to take advantage of opportunities inherent in those challenges. 

Our Project Mission

To engage our community in an open, inclusive, and public process to create a living document that will guide Cook County and the City of Grand Marais – their governments, businesses, and residents – to make educated decisions with regard to energy conservation and renewable energy projects. 

With grant dollars received from the Minnesota Department of Energy Security, Cook County contracted with Energy Management Solutions (EMS) to provide consulting services for this project; and with Don Grant as the "Local Energy Plan Coordinator".  An Energy Plan Committee formed with participation from a wide spectrum of Cook County stakeholders to work with the consultant team in the development of the ECRE Plan.

The Energy Plan Committee and the consultant team:
  • Begin the development of the ECRE Plan by creating a database of baseline energy information, and by soliciting public input about energy issues facing the governments, residents and businesses of Cook County and Grand Marais. 
  • The ECRE Plan was written and revised over two years, and
  • The finished plan was adopted by both the City of Grand Marais, and the Cook County Board, in the summer of 2012.

Public Awareness/Involvement

The strategy for engaging and informing the community about the Energy Plan includes:
  • A telephone survey of full-time residents, seasonal residents, and businesses.
  • Collecting anecdotal information from a survey posted on the CCLEP website and e-mailed to a list of residents known to be interested in energy.
  • Interviews in which residents are invited to comment on the Energy Plan development process.
  • Energy Summits in which the process to develop The Energy Plan is presented and discussed.
  • Issuance of Press Releases have been sent to the Cook County News Herald, WTIP and posted on Boreal.
  • A printed copy is available at the Grand Marais Public Library.

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Virginia Danfelt,
May 6, 2015, 7:34 AM
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Virginia Danfelt,
Apr 10, 2013, 8:53 AM
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Virginia Danfelt,
Apr 10, 2013, 8:53 AM