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Q&A KEN SMITH

Ken Smith

President & CEO EVER-GREEN ENERGY

Can you tell us a little about the history of Ever-Green Energy? Ever-Green Energy was launched as an extension of District Energy St. Paul, an internationally recognized energy utility. After decades of success heating and cooling Saint Paul, the utility was interested in diversifying its activities to include renewable energy (biomass) and improve efficiency through combined heat and power. Additionally, we wanted to take advantage of the many inquiries we received to share our experience and expertise with other systems and communities. These interests drove the formation of Ever-Green as a consulting and operations and management organization that is now responsible for operation of District Energy St. Paul, District Cooling St. Paul, Environmental Wood Supply, St. Paul Cogeneration, Energy Park Utility Company, and Duluth Steam. Each of these operations is 28 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

located in Saint Paul or Duluth, Minnesota. These activities make up the majority of our business, however we also have been involved in the development and implementation of energy projects throughout North America, primarily focused in the district energy field, offering niche expertise in integrated energy systems using hot water distribution, combined heat and power, biomass, thermal storage, and solar thermal. How do you help communities find sustainable energy solutions? One of our most important commitments is finding energy solutions that are localized and fit the goals of our clients, which can be cities, counties, campuses, businesses, hospitals, or community partners. Most of these partners are looking to find cost-competi-

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