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Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities at the University of Minnesota, Morris, accompanied a Minnesota delegation to Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, this week. The delegation will attend a conference to explore energy use and opportunities between Minnesota and NRW.

The conference is a strict state-government to state-government project and follows up on Governor Mark Dayton’s recent trade mission to Germany and northern Europe. Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce Mike Rothman invited Rasmussen to join the delegation and attend the conference because of his expertise in renewable energy production and non-fossil fuel energy systems. Rasmussen will present on Morris’s approach to renewable energy and take part in planned project visits to on-site areas doing work in wind, solar, and bioenergy as well as co-generation, and energy efficiency.

The conference was held Dec. 5-6 and hosted by the NRW Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection.