Event begins with tour of Northwest Manufacturing in Red Lake Falls.

    Businesses, local governments, farmers, community leaders, and the general public are invited to join Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (NW CERT) on Thursday, April 4 from  to 4 p.m. for a free tour and forum to learn more about biomass heat and power, get answers to their questions, and learn how biomass can benefit their business and community.

    Register at http://nwbiomass.eventbrite.com or call 612-626-0555.

    The event will begin with greetings and introductions by Chris May and Joel Haskard, Clean Energy Resource Teams. The tour of Northwest Manufacturing, maker of WoodMaster biomass furnaces, will commence at 1:15 p.m. A forum will begin an hour later with area experts about biomass projects and opportunities. Forum participants include:
    • Paul Aakre, University of Minnesota Crookston
    • Mark Lindquist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    • Bob Ryan, European Energy Connections
    • Dan Svedarsky, Center for Sustainability, University of Minnesota Crookston
    The event will wrap up at 4 p.m.

    The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect Minnesotans and their communities with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Clean Energy Resource Teams are diverse—individuals; small business owners; farmers; members of community groups; local utility representatives; educators; local, state and federal government staff and elected leaders—and all share a common interest: They want strong communities, local jobs, and secure, clean, reliable energy.

    CERTs is a partnership of the University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Eureka Recycling, Southwest Regional Development Commission, The Minnesota Project, and Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Learn more at mncerts.org.