Media: Utility helps communities reach out on energy (Midwest Energy News)

May 16, 2016

A Minnesota utility is helping six communities create energy plans that engage residents and businesses in reducing the power their homes and buildings consume, as well as to promote renewable energy ... 

Xcel, which offers the same program in Colorado, tapped the Center for Energy and Environment in Minnesota to manage the PIE program under the leadership of Jenny Edwards. “It’s very unique to have a utility supporting community energy planning,” she said. “Xcel is supporting the process in a way that’s very rare for a utility to play."

Xcel will also help monitor progress to determine whether customers are signing up for, say, a visit from the Home Energy Squad or to participate in Windsource, a program allowing customers to offset energy use with wind power, she said. The same is true of businesses who agreed to energy reduction programs ...

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