Media: Energy conservation: The ‘silent hero’ of sustainability (Sun Current)

Aug 24, 2018

Excerpt from the Sun Current:

Emergent renewable energy sources tend to get the spotlight when the conversation turns to sustainability, but old-fashioned conservation is still a major prong in reducing consumers’ carbon footprints.

Jamie-in-Edina.jpg“I like to look at energy efficiency as the silent hero of clean energy,” said Jamie Fitzke of Center for Energy and Environment, as she presented to a group of businesspeople, other energy efficiency advocates and Rep. Dario Anselmo (R-Edina) at an Edina business early this month.

Fitzke, program and client development manager for her organization, was visiting Precision Gasket Company to speak on Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program, which enables utility companies to offer incentives for energy reduction.

Precision Gasket Company, known as PGC, was the site of the visit due to its own experience reducing its lighting bill – a $17,000 incentive from an Excel Energy program called the One-Stop Efficiency Shop will net about $200,000 in savings, according to the Center for Energy and Environment.

In Senate District 49, which includes all of Edina and parts of Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, $3.5 million worth of rebates have been deployed through the One-Stop program, for close to $2.5 million per year in energy savings, according to the Center for Energy and Environment...

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