Carleton Featured in Documentary Film on Green Energy

January 1, 2007

Carleton College is featured in the documentary film “New Energy: A Fresh Look at How the Midwest Is Creating a Green Energy Economy,” which made its local broadcast premiere Sunday, January 7 at 7 p.m. on Twin Cities Public Television, KTCI-Channel 17. Exploring the pros and cons of renewable energy, “New Energy” exposes common myths surrounding wind, ethanol, hydrogen and energy efficiency.

“New Energy” tells the story of how wind, biofuels and other renewable energy technologies are contributing to the energy security, economic sustainability and integrity of natural resources in the Midwest. As a result, the Midwest is leading the way in the nation’s transition to a cleaner, safer, more stable and more secure energy system. Renewable energy technology is not only good for the environment, it is also an investment capable of revitalizing rural areas.

Carleton College is featured along with a host of other businesses and individuals pioneering the use of renewable energy in the Midwest. Carleton was the first college in the country to own a utility-grade wind turbine, which was purchased for $1.8 million as part of its commitment to producing and using green energy. The energy produced, equivalent to approximately 40 percent of Carleton’s energy usage, is sold to Xcel Energy.

“New Energy” is co-produced by Windustry, Twin Cities Public Television and Erika Johnson. Additional support was provided by Great River Energy; Minnesota Corn Growers Association; North Dakota Department of Commerce; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Southwest Initiative Foundation; Twin Cities Public Television; DMI Industries; American Sustainable Energy Council; Carleton College; Xcel Energy; WindLogics, Inc.; Concordia Language Village; Minnesota Power; Moorhead Public Service; Minnesota Department of Commerce; enXco; Renewable Energy, Inc.; Center for Energy and the Environment; North Dakota Farmers Union; ePower Synergies; AgStar Financial Services, ACA; REHAU, Inc.; Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation; Multiple Technologies; GarMar Foundation; and Xerox Sales Agency.

For more information on “New Energy,” contact Windustry at 612-870-3463 or