About the Study

For the continued success of Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), we will need to accurately assess our state's potential for electric, gas, and carbon savings on the demand (customer-facing) side.

This study will clarify Minnesota’s potential for demand-side efficiency and provide a pathway for our state's homes and businesses to continue achieving significant energy savings through a three-layered approach:

  1. Estimate statewide natural gas and electric energy efficiency and carbon saving potential in Minnesota for 2020 – 2029.
  2. Produce actionable data resources that will inform utilities of which emerging technologies, program delivery models, key market sectors, and policy approaches can be targeted to maximize cost-effective energy efficiency.
  3. Provide multiple opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the project to help advance robust energy policies and CIP programs in Minnesota.
 

Comprehensive Approach

This project is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program, and is being conducted alongside another CARD funded potential study looking at energy saving potential on the supply (utility-facing) side. Together these studies will help Minnesota consumers and businesses save energy, cut energy bills, and reduce air pollution. They are intended to maximize energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, power companies, farms, new construction, and much more.

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is the lead researcher for this study. 


Participate

To fully explore the state’s demand-side energy efficiency potential, the project team will offer multiple opportunities for stakeholder participation. This ensures that the study produces actionable results for both near-term and long-term CIP implementation. All strategies and analysis will be informed by the direct engagement of Minnesota’s electric and natural gas utilities along with other key stakeholders.
 

The project team has created an Advisory Committee to help inform their work. Additionally, sector specific and technical issue meetings will be held as a way for stakeholders with particular technical or policy expertise to provide their input. 

Study milestones

Advisory Committee members selected (May 2017)

Project Kickoff Webinar: Minnesota Energy Efficiency & Carbon Saving Potential Studies (Apr 2017)
News: MN energy efficiency potential studies seek Advisory Committee members (Apr 2017)
News: Identifying MN potential for energy efficiency on demand and supply sides (Mar 2017)