Super Bowl LII: Minnesota’s unstoppable energy efficiency offense
This February, Minnesota will host the Super Bowl for the first time since 1992. All eyes are on our state, giving us ample opportunities to make noise about our region’s high marks for everything from excellence raising children to active lifestyles, hipsters, literacy, and biking — not to mention “top beach cities in America”...
Among our many high points, I’ll add another worth shouting about: Minnesota’s energy efficiency field.
Minnesota is a national leader in energy efficiency, and the only Midwest state to rank in ACEEE’s “top 10” for efficiency-related strategies in the U.S. And in 2016, Minnesota ranked first in the U.S. for overall natural gas savings. Helping to run that ball down the field, CEE is a significant contributor to efforts statewide to help Minnesotans conserve energy and reduce harmful emissions. Since 2008, initiatives through Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program have resulted in energy savings of an estimated $3.5 billion for residents.
As we gear up for Super Bowl LII, here are three noteworthy things worth cheering about when it comes to energy efficiency in the Land of 10,000 Lakes:
Policies! Minnesota’s strong policies help lower our energy costs and help reduce harm to the environment. Thanks to the Conservation Improvement Program, Minnesota’s most successful energy policy, our state’s utilities offer major rebates to keep pushing that line forward.
Rebates! In 2017 alone, CEE’s One-Stop Efficiency Shop tackled over 2,500 projects and helped local businesses achieve $6.7 million dollars in annual energy savings, plus an additional $8.6 million in disbursed rebates. That’s some serious yardage.
Leadership! Minnesota ranks with national leaders in energy efficiency, and our Conservation Improvement Program ranks among the country’s most effective. In 2015, CIP electric utilities saved consumers over 975 kWh of energy — enough to power more than 100,000 homes for a year.
Here at CEE, we support homeowners, businesses, and local communities by providing services and resources to cut energy use. From the One-Stop Efficiency Shop to Home Energy Squad, the Multifamily Energy Savings Program, and Energy Intelligence, all our programs and initiatives aim to further the field of energy efficiency and contribute to Minnesota’s thriving low-carbon economy.
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As this year’s Super Bowl brings a national spotlight to Minnesota, we hope it will shed light on all aspects of our great state — including its pioneering energy efficiency work. Touchdown!
Conservation Improvement Program
ACEEE energy efficiency state rankings