Electrical contractors benefit from MN’s Conservation Improvement Program
(A version of this post to Minnesota's electrical workers originally appeared in the Minnesota Electrical Association’s January 2016 newsletter.)
In 2015 an unanticipated threat emerged during the legislative session. The Minnesota House passed legislation that, if signed into law, would have eliminated Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). If you are unfamiliar with CIP, it provides the framework for rebate programs in Minnesota that promote energy efficiency.
Many of you take advantage of these programs on a regular basis to help your customers install more efficient equipment. Not only does this help them save money and improve the operation of their buildings, but it helps all Minnesota ratepayers by keeping their rates lower and avoiding the cost of constructing new power plants. CIP programs also create thousands of jobs for Minnesota businesses.
As administrators of the One-Stop Efficiency Shop®, we have witnessed firsthand the multiple benefits that CIP generates for contractors and ratepayers alike. Here are a few examples:
- Energy efficiency employs almost 10,000 workers in Minnesota, an 80% increase since 2000.
- CIP has saved 99,000 GWh of electricity which equals the annual production of 10 Prairie Island nuclear plants.
- Saving one kWh costs 1.5 cents — buying one kWh costs 8 cents.
- CIP programs have saved Minnesotans $6 billion over the last 20 years.
Due in large part to your support we were able to prevent CIP from being dismantled during the 2015 legislative session. However, this is a timely reminder that as we move forward it is important to consistently let our legislators know how important CIP is to Minnesota job creation and low utility rates.
For more information on CIP, please go to our advocacy alert from May 2015.
The One-Stop Efficiency Shop® has $5 million in rebates available for 2016. To find out if your customers are eligible or to get more information, please contact Cindy Kelly at 612-244-2427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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