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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. He's a journalist, editor, educator and writer of case studies, white papers, reports and other materials. In a pinch,he also takes photographs. His career includes teaching on two Fulbright scholarships and receiving a Humphrey Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.

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Youth activists score big climate victory in small Minnesota town

Last month 11-year-old Olya Wright and a handful of students convinced the Grand Marais city council to adopt a “climate inheritance resolution” that could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the tiny North Shore hamlet. Wright is a member of Nordic Nature Group, a youth environmental group in Grand Marais, a city of slightly more than 1,300 residents that hugs the shoreline of Lake Superior north of Duluth.
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Minnesota cities learn from buying community solar together

The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report. While municipalities in other parts of the country have come together to buy rooftop solar, none had ever tried it to capture cost savings in the nascent community solar marketplace, said Trevor Drake, project manager at the Great Plains Institute.
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In Minnesota, utilities and regulators plan for the grid of the future

Minnesota regulators recently heard proposals from Xcel Energy to introduce a sophisticated new electric grid software platform and to build an energy storage system instead of a substation. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) certified the need for the $27 million software platform while requesting more information on the storage project to determine whether it would be a good deal for ratepayers.
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Major changes coming to a Minnesota renewable energy fund

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last week approved a jobs and energy bill that will make major changes to a renewable energy fund that was created in 1994. The bill will allow the Xcel Energy-managed Renewable Development Fund to be used to help towns dealing with closure of biomass plants, as well as end the Made In Minnesota solar manufacturing program, which received $15 million in annual funding.
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Minnesota community solar projects aimed at low-income subscribers

A Minneapolis community solar garden developer has begun building five projects aimed at reducing electricity costs for low-income consumers. Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) is building community solar gardens that will collectively generate a total of 5.6 megawatts of electricity, including one atop a Catholic church in suburban Minneapolis.
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Minnesota district to get Midwest’s first electric school bus this fall

The first electric school bus in the Midwest will begin transporting students in a suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul school district this fall. Unveiled last week, the 72-passenger bus represents a collaborative effort by the wholesale electric service provider Great River Energy, the electric cooperative Dakota Electric Association and Schmitty & Sons Bus Co.
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Building Blocks: 333 on the Park

Property description: More than 400 people showed up for the March grand opening of 333 on the Park, the newest housing addition to St. Paul’s historic and hip Lowertown neighborhood. The clothing manufacturer Gordon & Ferguson built the structure, later know as Sibley Square, in 1913. Large mural photographs decorating the walls of every floor depict work spaces of Gordon & Ferguson, include a striking shot of workers toiling among animal rugs.
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Sustainable: Energy partnership targets public housing

Owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, the Glendale Townhomes in Prospect Park have not had many updates to improve their energy efficiency since they were constructed in 1952. Later this year a pilot project will begin with an energy audit of one of the complex’s eight-unit townhouse buildings.
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Sustainable: Presenting the business case for clean energy

At a regional solar conference in late May, Gregg Mast appeared on a panel to discuss clean-energy issues being debated in the waning days of the 2017 legislative session. Mast, the executive director of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, apologized for being a bit bleary-eyed on May 23, the first full day of the Midwest Solar Expo at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and Depot in Minneapolis.
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Sustainable: Better Futures gives ex-cons experience on green projects

Josh Stewart was once a man in trouble. After having served 30 months in the criminal justice system for illegal possession of firearms, he found himself on the outside with few opportunities for employment or housing. Then Stewart found Better Futures Minnesota, a Minneapolis nonprofit agency that employs ex-convicts in a variety of businesses, among them the deconstruction of buildings.
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Building Blocks: Hyatt Place St. Paul/Downtown

Property description: Hyatt Place shares the former United States Post Office building in downtown St. Paul with the new Custom House apartments. The 149-room upscale hotel – part of the building’s $120 million renovation – occupies five floors of the east side and can be accessed through the same front entrance apartment residents use on Kellogg Avenue.
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Nation’s largest PACE project nears completion in Minnesota

In downtown St. Paul the historic First National Bank Building and two neighboring properties have been collectively retrofitted with new heating, cooling and lighting technology paid for through the largest energy efficiency financing packages likely ever assembled in the country. The energy savings alone from the project would, according to one estimate from Xcel Energy, power 1,235 average residential homes, a population greater than many Minnesota communities.
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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

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