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Energy Efficiency Policy Exchange

On December 17th, 2015 local and national energy experts discussed early thoughts on the direction of Minnesota's implementation plan, how influential early action credit for energy efficiency will be for expanding energy conservation activities in Minnesota as well as if and ...

CEE in 2016: Boots on the ground

As CEE's past year shows, we know we can’t get to clean energy without getting our hands dirty. This work is all about rolling up our sleeves and digging in. CEE’s researchers are out in the field every day, pulling apart boilers, learning from building operators, reach...

Chris Duffrin: New leader at time of rapid industry growth and innovation

Earlier this year, CEE announced Chris Duffrin as our new president. Chris came to CEE after serving as the executive director for the Neighborhood Energy Connection for the past eight years. He has strong roots in consumer advocacy and community-based efficiency programs....

Energy Policy Forum: Minnesota’s electric co-ops, community-led energy innovators

In early January, CEE hosted its second annual Energy Policy Forum. This year, we focused on Minnesota’s electric cooperative utilities and their role as hotbeds of innovation in the ever-evolving energy field. Despite the cold night, the Policy Forum was widely attended by...

New year, new strategic plan at CEE

For most organizations, planning for the future starts with understanding who we are today.   We took that to heart at CEE in 2019, as we set out to develop our most comprehensive organizational strategic plan to date. Through the process, we clarified what drives and ...

Partners in Energy

The benefits of wise energy choices are diverse. Partners in Energy helps address the challenge of identifying local priorities, and structures a path that leverages all resources available. Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy provides com...

Commercial Building Plug Load Energy Reduction Strategies

Background Plug load is the fastest growing energy use in U.S. commercial buildings, in stark contrast to decreases in other end uses such as cooling and lighting. Plug load is the energy used by products that are powered by means of a standard electrical plug, which include...

Affordably Net-Zero

In addition to saving energy, net-zero technologies offer a plethora of health, safety, and environmental benefits; but achieving zero energy can be prohibitively expensive. In this interview, Lucas Alm and Dan Handeen describe how they and their students successfully par...

Report released: Impacts of office plug load reduction strategies

This study explores commercial buildings' plug load energy savings from control technologies and occupant behavior strategies. 

Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies

Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies Executive Summary Plug load energy used by everything from computers to water coolers represents a relatively  untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And these loads, defined as all  electric end uses...

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