CIP Energy Code Compliance Programs: Opportunities for Reaping Savings in MN

Introduction

This document provides a condensed summary of the opportunities related to CIP-funded energy code compliance programs in Minnesota, and recommends policies for addressing the challenges associated with counting energy savings towards utility program goals. It is meant to orient Minnesota utilities, program providers, and regulatory staff to this subject matter, rather than provide an in-depth treatise on this subject.

For those readers that want to explore this topic in greater detail, references are provided, and more detail for some issues can be found in the companion final report for the Commercial Energy Code Compliance Enhancement Pilot that encompassed the development of this policy brief (Landry 2018). The pilot program’s goal was to provide an example of a code compliance improvement program that will provide confidence and lessons to guide Minnesota utilities and regulators in their decisions about future CIP programs. While the final report details specific pilot program design elements, success, and lessons learned, this policy brief gives a broader, high level summary of the topic of energy code compliance programs, and provides recommendations regarding the key regulatory issue in Minnesota: counting savings.
 

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CIP Energy Code Compliance Programs: Opportunities for Reaping Savings in Minnesota

Companion final report: Commercial Energy Code Compliance Enhancement Pilot