Optimizing Existing Rooftop Unit Energy Efficiency
What cost-effective options are available for building owners interested in reducing their building’s energy use? Rooftop unit retrofits are discussed as a scalable energy-saving approach.
German Infrastructure Impacts Minnesota Energy Thinkers
Ken Smith of Ever-Green Energy and Betsy Engelking of Geronimo Energy share what they learned through Germany's experience with renewable energy.
How Utilities are Benefiting from Minnesota's New Energy Savings Platform
Joe Plummer of the MN Division of Energy Resources and Jeff Haase of Great River Energy provide background information about the platform, who it benefits, and the goals and requirements for utility use.
Greenhouse Gas Performance Standards and Energy Efficiency: Minnesota and the Midwest Look Ahead
Leaders from MN’s Division of Energy Resources, the MN Pollution Control Agency, and the energy sector discuss regional solutions to cut emissions from existing power plants.
Quantifying Energy Savings from Heat Pump Water Heaters in Cold Climate Homes
Senior Research Engineer Ben Schoenbauer covers findings from his recent study and app development, explaining how heat pump water heaters affect homes from a whole house perspective.
The Impact of Window Energy Efficiency: Part 2
Mechanical Engineer Gustav Brändström discuses findings and implications from recent research looking at the potential applications for window films and interior panels to increase building energy efficiency in Minnesota climates.
Energy Efficiency Quality Assurance: Past, Present, and Future
Quality assurance programs and standards are an important consumer protection tool to protect the health and safety of residents while ensuring that utility-sponsored programs achieve reliable energy savings.
Taking a New Look at the External Values of Minnesota’s Electricity Emissions
Dr. Stephen Polasky presents an overview of his 2013 analysis estimating the value of damages from air pollution generated by power plants, some background about how these values are being used in Minnesota today, and a process taking place currently at the federal level in regards to the Social Cost of Carbon.
Counting the Capacity that Didn't Hatch: The Rate Mitigation Effect of DSM Programs
Minnesota’s electric utility efficiency programs have saved approximately 68,000 GWh of electricity since 1992.1 This conserved energy, which has been called “negawatts,”2 can be considered a system resource analogous to a new power plant. It allows utilities to serve their projected load with available supply resources by reducing demand rather than increasing supply.
The Value of Air Leakage Testing in Large Commercial Buildings – Study Findings
for conducting air leakage testing. The findings speak not only to potential cost-effective energy savings, but also to tools and programs that may be developed to help capture these energy savings.