Energy Efficiency

Energy information crucial to measuring progress on energy goals

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One of Minnesota’s landmark energy policies, the Next Generation Act of 2007, lays out specific energy efficiency targets, and many local jurisdictions have adopted policies that require goals for reduced energy use. Read about these policies and how energy use is being reported in Minnesota.

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Energy Efficiency

Net-zero energy: Efficiency and renewables in development

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Last week during two events—an 8 to 80 event focused on the Ford Site and the 20th Annual Great River Gathering, Mayor Chris Coleman touched on a concept that holds a lot of opportunity for the City of Saint Paul: net zero. But what does net zero actually mean? And why is it good for cities?

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Energy Efficiency

Full disclosure: Accessing energy data is key to increasing efficiency in Minnesota

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Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and carbon emissions in the country. Measures like benchmarking and the disclosure of buildings’ energy use have proven to be effective in increasing energy efficiency, even without major building renovations. However, key to this kind of success is easy access to the energy consumption data of buildings and the ability to share that information.

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Energy Efficiency

Minnesota homebuyers can now search for home efficiency and green building information

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When you’re looking for a new home, it’s easy to find out how many bathrooms a house has or whether it has a finished basement. But what if you want to find out how efficient it is, or only want to look at homes that are green-certified? For the first time, Minnesota homebuyers can now search the MLS for energy-efficient and green-certified homes.

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Energy Efficiency

Better buildings = Big savings

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The most important cost and energy savings in a building can come from what you don’t see: the codes that determine how efficient—or inefficient—the building is. While smart and modern energy codes can significantly grow our economy and reduce carbon pollution, they require continuous updates and widespread adoption for maximum impact.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy codes and your home

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Energy codes impact every area of your home, from the amount of insulation your attic and basement have to the type of windows and light fixtures your builder installs. While energy codes come in all shapes and sizes, modern and updated versions improve the effciency of your home and reduce the amount your family pays for energy each month.

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