Silver+ Saturday – Allete Clean Energy & OG&E

Silver+ Saturday posts are to spotlight our members who go above and beyond to contribute to the work of the chamber through membership and sponsorships. Silver+ members make an annual investment of $500 or more; below are our Gold members that pay $1,000+ per year. Thank you for learning more about them below!

“ALLETE Clean Energy is now developing the approximately 300-megawatt Diamond Spring wind site in Oklahoma, where it will enter the commercial and industrial power market by selling power to Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods.

Safety first. It’s what we do.

COVID-19 is causing uncertainty and concern throughout our region and our nation. Protecting the health and safety of our employees, our families, our communities, and you, our landowner partner, is of utmost priority to us. As the situation continues to evolve, we remain dedicated to adhering to the most up-to-date safety practices and recommendations from the CDC. Our Safety and Environmental Compliance Manger has developed enhanced safety protocols for a safe and healthy work environment at each of our wind farms. Our crisis response plan includes:

  • Heightened personal hygiene including additional cleaning of workplace and workspace.
  • Practice social distancing, limiting personal interactions and sharing space.
  • Minimize size of on-site morning meetings and crews; flexible scheduling and dispatching of crews to avoid large gatherings.
  • Essential travel to and from site only by personal or company provided vehicles.
  • If employees are sick or suspect they may be sick, they are to remain at home.
  • If employees have had any interaction with known or suspected virus cases, any air travel, or travel to known hot spots (Seattle, New York, etc.), they are required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.”


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress on March 27 includes various programs and initiatives to provide small business owners, non-profits and other employers with financial assistance related to COVID-19. The CARES Act includes the Paycheck Protection Program, which offers assistance paying utility bills, payroll costs, mortgage interest and rent. Other programs include Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.

Learn more about the CARES Act here: Guide to the CARES Act

As a result of the CARES Act, the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. The program’s start date has yet to be announced, but resources are available for you to check eligibility and get ready to apply.

Learn more about the Main Street Lending Program here: Guide to the Main Street Lending Program

If you need further assistance, our Business Advantage Group is ready to take your call. This is fast, friendly service by people who care about the success of your business. Call 888-988-9747 or email Available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.