Media: Conservation Improvement Program for energy efficiency investments to bank on (MinnPost)

Dec 21, 2015

CEE's Jamie Fitzke, lighting consultant and policy associate, co-authored this MinnPost opinion piece with energy contractors Peoples Electric and Merit Electric. 

From MinnPost:

...Each CIP strategy aims to strengthen our state’s economy and energy security. But during Minnesota’s last legislative session, an ill-informed bill was introduced to eliminate the CIP framework while weakening other clean-energy policies. Had it succeeded, the repeal would have dismantled the most successful energy policy in our state history. Thanks in large part to strong opposition by Minnesotans who recognize CIP’s benefits (including Hawj and Johnson), the bill’s clean-energy rollbacks were not ultimately enacted — but the threat remains.

We’re working to protect CIP because we’ve seen its value firsthand. CEE’s One-Stop Efficiency Shop is a full-service lighting program that partners with energy contractors like Peoples Electric and Merit Electric to help small businesses in Xcel Energy Minnesota’s service territory with lighting needs assessments, efficiency recommendations, financing and guidance toward making improvements...

Read the full artcle on MinnPost