From the Pioneer Press:
The nonprofit organization that installs weather stripping and programmable thermostats in thousands of homes across St. Paul each year is merging with its counterpart in Minneapolis.
Talk of a merger began in the spring after Chris Duffrin, longtime director of the Neighborhood Energy Connection in St. Paul, left to become president at the Center for Energy and Environment in Minneapolis. The boards at both nonprofits decided that combining programs made sense given their common mission of encouraging energy efficiency,
Services won’t change much. After the merger, which should be final by April, the resulting nonprofit will use the Minneapolis name but will maintain offices in both cities. East metro residents might see an increase in loan dollars available for home improvements, including insulation and efficient furnaces.
“I think there is a real benefit to the east metro with this merger with lending,” said Duffrin. “CEE is bigger and has more capital and resources than NEC, so we can bring some of that capital and expertise to help the east metro.” Both organizations administer loan dollars from a variety of sources, including cities, counties and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency...