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Frank Jossi

Journalist. Content Strategist. Business Writer.

St. Paul, Minn.

Frank Jossi

St. Paul-based Frank Jossi writes about renewable energy and energy policy, development, politics and the arts. I am a journalist, editor, educator and writer of articles, case studies, white papers, reports and other materials. In a pinch, I take photographs. My career includes teaching twice abroad on Fulbright scholarships and receiving a Humphrey Fellows from the University of Minnesota. For more information see https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankjossi/

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Investors reward sustainable companies

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Sustainable: Power over Ethernet can save energy and add workstation flexibility

Ethernet, the digital backbone of every modern office, is expanding from a role of connecting devices to powering them. Used in local area networks, Ethernet is the cable that can connect office computers to one another, data centers, the internet, phones, copiers and printers. Transmitting electricity using local area networks — dubbed “Power over Ethernet” (PoE) — is the next evolution in office technology.
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Will renewable natural gas credits help jumpstart new market for biogas?

Critics say tracking renewable natural gas production and sales will be difficult and present opportunities for fraud. North America’s first pilot project allowing companies to claim environmental credits for renewable natural gas may be a boon for utilities providing home heating. The Minneapolis-based Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) will begin in July creating “renewable energy certificates” (RECs) produced from the manufacture of renewable natural gas — methane captured from landfills, sewage plants, farms, and other sources.
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Minnesota utilities weigh energy storage as substitute for peaker plants

A 2019 state law requires utilities to consider energy storage in their long-range resource plans. Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. The provision, part of an omnibus jobs and energy bill, “puts energy storage on a level playing field with natural gas plants and other resources,” said Ellen Anderson, executive director of the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab.
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How an organic dairy’s quest for clean energy spread solar across Wisconsin

Organic Valley’s project expanded into a complex partnership that it hopes can be replicated by others. As Wisconsin’s largest-ever solar project comes online this summer, the multi-site, multi-state partnership behind the development offers a potential model for how organizations can band together to meet clean energy goals.
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In Minneapolis, low-income neighborhoods see influx of clean energy investment

The city’s “green zones” program aims to encourage solar and energy efficiency projects while preventing gentrification. Minneapolis is starting to see an influx of solar installations in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, an early result of a new program to target investment in those areas without displacing existing residents and businesses.
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Minnesota utility wants to offer customers renewable natural gas option

CenterPoint Energy’s proposed pilot program faces opposition from state officials and clean energy groups. A Minnesota utility’s proposal to offer renewable natural gas under a voluntary green tariff pilot program faces opposition from state officials and clean energy advocates who see better ways to decarbonize the economy.
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In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the days of diesel buses may be numbered

After adding a mix of electric and diesel buses over the next three years, the agency could go all-electric after that. The transit agency serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro unveiled a plan Monday to pivot toward an all-electric future — weather permitting. Metro Transit officials have questions about how electric buses will perform in Minnesota’s winters, but they want to add as many as 125 of them over the next four years, after which they may stop buying diesel buses altogether.
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Solar entrepreneur aims to bring jobs, training to North Minneapolis

Jamez Staples has big dreams of bringing clean energy — and its economic benefits — to his underserved and racially diverse Minneapolis neighborhood. The 39-year-old solar entrepreneur recently bought and is working to reopen a shuttered state workforce center as a clean energy job training hub in an area of town that’s long been isolated from such opportunities.
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How land under solar panels can contribute to food security

Honey producers Travis and Chiara Bolton keep bees at three solar farms where developers seeded native plants underneath and around panels. “The advantage to these sites is that they are intentionally planted for pollinators,” says Travis Bolton. “At these sites they’re really trying to get them back to a native prairie, and that’s a benefit to us.”.
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Solar Farms Produce Power—and Food

From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission. At a recent solar energy conference in Minneapolis, attendees unwound at happy hour tasting free pints of a local honey-based India Pale Ale called “Solarama Crush.”. Minnesota-based 56 Brewing makes the smooth IPA using honey from hives located on solar farms outside the Twin Cities.
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Sustainable: Plugging energy into construction planning

On Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, one of the first health care buildings in the country to use “performance-based procurement” has begun to take shape. Performance-based procurement makes energy efficiency a priority in planning new buildings. In the case of the 155,000-square-foot addition to the Generose Building on Mayo’s St.
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About

Frank Jossi

Here’s a summary of what I do:
Articles, profiles, stories for the media, in-house publications and web sites
Content for social media — Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin
Case Studies, including design and search engine optimization
White papers, including design and SEO
Speeches
Marketing materials — brochures, web sites, themes
Media planning
Coverage areas: Health care information technology, general information technology, law, politics.

My background includes reporting, editing, teaching and program managing an international press institute. As a volunteer I work for environmental organizations and serve on a neighborhood council.

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Skills

  • script writing
  • editing
  • interviewing
  • writing
  • leading
  • case study writing
  • reporting
  • public speaking