University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment

A signature program of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, IREE has sought out the most promising new renewable energy ideas and distributes funding from Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund to provide them with the resources needed to bring them to life.

Sunset of the IREE Program

In the 2012 Legislative session (SF 2181), the decision was made to discontinue direct funding to IREE from the Renewable Energy Development Fund to support these innovative research and demonstration programs. Subsequently, the decision was made by the University to sunset the IREE program.

Ongoing IREE grant activity and reporting will continue.


Mission & History

IREE exists: To promote statewide economic development, sustainable and healthy ecosystems, and national energy security through development of bio‐based and other renewable resources and processes.
About IREE

Renewable Development Fund

During the 2003 and 2007 legislative sessions, the Minnesota Legislature directed portions of the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund and Conservation Improvement Program to IREE for renewable energy research and demonstration.

IREE-Funded Research

IREE has supported innovative renewable energy and environmental research and demonstration projects at the University of Minnesota. IREE has also connected researchers and their projects to external collaborators.
Research Portfolio | Projects Database

The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) is a signature program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

Check out IREE's research impacts, pioneering projects, external collaborations, educational initiatives and more in the 2012 annual report (PDF).

Measuring the carbon footprint of Gevo, Inc.’s Luverne, MN corn supply: A survey based assessment of the potential for delivering a low carbon corn grain feedstock for biofuels. Read the report (PDF).