MnCEF Statement of Principles

We believe that inexpensive, abundant energy and the efficient use of that energy is the key to our quality of life.

We believe that a diverse and increasingly renewable energy portfolio is the key to ensuring the supply of inexpensive and abundant energy.

We believe that to the extent possible America should rely on domestically produced energy, in order to reduce reliance on hostile or unstable regimes, or on insecure lines of communications.

We believe that the more prosperous America has become, the more Americans demand clean as well as affordable energy.

We believe that one of the goods Americans want to purchase with their wealth is a clean and beautiful environment.

We believe that conservatives have for too long conceded the intellectual battlefield over energy use and production to others, locking ourselves out of the energy debate.

We believe that the current electricity monopolies are outdated and that new sources of renewable electrical production can provide choice and competition for consumers, and reduce reliance on a grid that is vulnerable to disruptions and attacks.

We believe that the renewable energy industry can, does, and will contribute to Minnesota’s economic growth. We also believe that it is in our economic interest to pursue the goal of leading the technological revolution in energy production.

We are the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum.

MnCEF Board

Amy Koch
Amy Koch
Former Minnesota State Senator and Senate Majority Leader
Jason Adkins
Jason Adkins
Executive Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference
King Banaian
King Banaian
King Banaian is a professor in the Department of Economics at St. Cloud State University; Dean, St Cloud State; Radio host; former State Representative
Walter Hudson
Walter Hudson
Writer/Columnist, PJ Media; City Council Member, City of Albertville
Ben Gerber
Ben Gerber
Energy Regulatory Attorney
Abby RimeAbby Rime
Constituent Outreach and Services Representative, Congressman Tom Emmer
Matthew PaganoMatthew Pagano
Executive Director at the Republican Party of Minnesota, and worked on the re-election campaign of Rep. Tom Emmer
Jay JacbsonJay Jacobson
Small business owner. Renewable and energy conservation contractor for 4 decades.
 chris_bigChris Tiedeman

Former Minnesota Republican National Committeeman

mike_bigMike Franklin

Government Affairs Professional, Attorney, and former Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Energy Lobbyist

 DSC_6253_1Todd Taylor
Environmental Lawyer, Biofuels Digest “Top 100 People in Bioenergy,” serving on the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Green Jobs Innovation Task Force, and helping found the Minnesota CleanTech Group.

Chris Villarreal
Energy Regulatory Policy Consultant. Former staff at Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

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