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Technology Forum: The Next Era of Energy Efficiency

In an era of flattened demand growth, aging infrastructure, and increasing challenges in energy efficiency cost-effectiveness, the utility business model is in flux. Energy efficiency has been a longtime contributor of least-cost energy resources, delivering the benefit of...

Solar Potential Analysis Report

Report finds that solar, wind, and storage can competitively power a majority of Minnesota’s electric needs. Solar Potential Analysis Report Executive Summary The Minnesota Solar Pathways (Pathways) initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Techn...

Northeast Green Light Project

Known as the Northeast Green Light Project, the installation operates as both a beacon to draw in and educate the larger community and as a catalyst to spur that community to action. The installation consists of a core of six light sculptures ranging in height from 10 to...

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...

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 ...

Energy Improvements in Public Ice Arenas

Energy Improvements in Public Ice Arenas There are approximately 270 indoor ice arenas in the state of Minnesota which spend a total of $13.5 million annually on energy costs. This project's technology assessment and on-site engineering analyses have demonstrated the potentia...

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...

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...

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