Energy Efficiency

Schools save money by cutting energy waste

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For many public schools, deciding to track their energy performance is fairly straightforward. As Steve Lund, Energy Manager for Albert Lea Area Schools explains, “after staff, utilities are your next biggest cost.” Those big energy bills also present a big opportunity to find some real savings.

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Energy Efficiency

How much energy do our schools use?

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Resilient schools help cut waste out of our energy system while providing a more efficient and healthy learning space for our students and teachers, all while supporting local businesses. But in order to make your school building more resilient, you have to understand how it’s currently performing. Benchmarking energy usage is the simple, yet critical, first step toward understanding the strengths and weaknesses of our school buildings.

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Transportation & Land Use

Minnesota Partners Collaborate on Energy Code Compliance

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The MECCC has recently launched a website to be a resource to code officials, buildings, and contractors who are working to implement everything from slight upgrades in wall and roof insulation and windows, to some bigger jumps in commercial lighting, HVAC and duct efficiencies, and residential envelope air tightness.

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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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