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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...

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...

Media: Area Chamber of Commerce hosts clean energy discussion (KIMT 3 News)

CEE's initiative to promote the benefits of CIP to communities around Minnesota is highlighted in a news story from Albert Lea Minnesota.

Recommendations on getting the most out of your facility's HVAC system

In May 2018, Mayor Melvin Carter announced Energize Saint Paul , a new initiative that helps St. Paul property owners and residents use energy and water more efficiently. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the City and public, commercial, and residential b...

CEE Programs Nationally Recognized

Three of CEE’s programs are nationally recognized by  this year's National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

Slayton Lighting Retrofits

It all began in 2009 when the City of Slayton City Council instructed City Administrator Cathy Magnus to pursue programs to help make the City more energy efficient. Cathy contacted local Clean Energy Resource Teams ( CERTs ) coordinator Annette Bair, who connected Cat...

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