Media: Conservation Improvement Program makes sense (Eden Prairie News)

Oct 4, 2018

CIP-Black-cropped-(1).pngCEE recently organized a Conservation Improvement Program learning session with local business people and Representative Dario Anselmo at Precision Gasket Company in Edina, Minnesota. This guest column is by local business leaders Steve Hanson and Ahmad Kian.

From Eden Prarie News:

For any business owner, the bottom line matters. So when we first heard about energy-efficiency programs that have saved Minnesotans more than $6 billion, it caught our attention. And the more we’ve learned and benefited, the more we’ve felt driven to spread the word.

Recently we sat down with our state representative to share insights about the Conservation Improvement Program’s positive impact in our lives and livelihoods. Delivered by utility companies and overseen by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, “CIP” programs offer strategies for cost-effective energy savings in homes and businesses statewide.

We’ve experienced the value firsthand through the One-Stop Efficiency Shop, a full-service lighting program that partners with professional contractors to serve small businesses throughout Xcel Energy’s Minnesota service territory.

Since 2000, One-Stop participants in Minnesota’s Senate District 49 have invested about $10 million in energy-saving lighting upgrades, supported in part by $3.5 million in utility rebates. Because of the improvements, our local business community already saves almost $2.5 million in energy spending each year — and the projects have also created more than 6,500 related workdays for local electrical contractors like Apadana...

Read the full article at Eden Prairie News

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One-Stop Efficiency Shop