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.


Sustainable: Planners charting Minnesota’s energy future

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Utilities say CapX2020 transmission project prompting wind energy growth

Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy. While not all the proposals are likely to be approved by regulators, the flood of applications represents the tangible impact of CapX2020 in moving electrons from windier parts of the Midwest to dense population centers to the east.
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Utility responds to commercial green power demand in Minnesota

A Minnesota electric cooperative is among the latest utilities to offer a commercial green tariff program in response to growing demand from business customers. Great River Energy created its program after a request by a member utility that is also now its first customer. Starting next month, the Dakota Electric Association will offset all of the electricity use at its exurban Minneapolis headquarters with wind energy credits purchased through the Wellspring for Business program.
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Sustainable: MinnPACE helps finance efficiency projects

Even after more than two decades in operation, the Greenway Office Building in Minneapolis remains a stellar example of sustainability. From geothermal heating and cooling to native gardens on the rooftop and a rainwater-retention system, the Greenway combines many innovative energy-efficiency elements.Two years ago, however, the building needed to replace its aging solar arrays.
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Building Blocks: TRIA Orthopedic Center

Property description: Drivers on I-94 in Woodbury will find TRIA’s new location in the mixed-used development CityPlace hard to ignore. The striking circular, three-story atrium lobby offers a lighting scheme visible to freeway drivers that changes hues to highlight the company’s blue logo or the colors of local professional sports teams.
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Plant closures could be turning point for Minnesota biomass industry

Minnesota utility regulators are studying a proposal by Xcel Energy to close two biomass plants that could mark a turning point for the industry here, particularly as prices for renewable energy drop. which has approval by the state legislature and the communities affected — would close Benson Power, which burns turkey waste and wood, as well as a biomass plant in northern Minnesota owned by the Laurentian Energy Authority (LEA).
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‘Landmark’ decision casts youth as official intervenors in pipeline case

In what is regarded as an unusual step, a group of 13 young people have joined together to become court sanctioned intervenors as they fight a proposed Enbridge Energy pipeline through northern Minnesota. Intervenors are sanctioned by the state Public Utilities Commission to represent parties in contested cases.
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Investment in solar grows dramatically in Minnesota schools

The largest solar project ever built to serve a Minnesota school district began producing energy last week. The Farmington public school district’s 3.1 megawatt (MW) project places photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of several buildings. The first project to go live is the 715 kilowatt, 2,200 panel installation on the roof of Dodge Middle School, with more buildings to follow.
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Minnesota housing development to include community energy storage

A new housing development in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul will use grid-interactive electric thermal water heaters to enable the Midwest’s first community energy storage project. Country Joe Homes’ Legacy 2 development in Lakeville is building 79 homes over the next two years. Each home will have 80-gallon water heaters manufactured by Steffes Corp.
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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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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
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.



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