When cities make energy efficiency a priority amazing things can happen. For example, the City of Red Wing utilized renewable-energy grants and incentives to save 17,000 residents at least $1.1 million in future taxes. The city has made significant changes to maintenance and infrastructure including updates to the city hall, auditorium, library and the public works building. These changes have put Red Wing on the path to 100% renewable, sustainable, and resilient energy facilities. Jay McCleary and Rich Huelskamp will lead a workshop presentation and conversation with audiences to share stories of what is going on in the City of Red Wing, Goodhue County, and South East Minnesota. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the opportunities in Goodhue County in implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for their homes or businesses. After this program, participants will be able to identify local and online resources for friends and families to fully understand the promises and problems of energy efficiency and renewable energy options as well as decide how to best manage energy use and become an active citizen to support changes to our local energy distribution systems of Goodhue County and South East Minnesota. We hope you will join us for this informative workshop and conversation! With 33 years of public service to the City of Red Wing, Jay McCleary was one of several civic leaders to accomplish the major energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the city. Rich Huelskamp has over 40 years of supporting, educating, and assisting homeowners and business owners as well as Minnesota’s energy industry professionals. With a thorough understanding of residential thru industrial energy use building and equipment, Rich as evaluated, recommended, and verified building construction, mechanical/electrical equipment, and renewable energy systems. This program is free for members and students (with ID) and $5 for the general public. Rural Electrification in Goodhue County Today is in conjunction with the temporary exhibit Electrifying Minnesota on view at the Goodhue County History Center January 20 through April 29, 2018.