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Energy Efficiency

Fixed charged increase denied by Minnesota regulators

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Minnesota regulators have denied an increase to CenterPoint Energy’s monthly fixed charge, instead pointing to the company’s current decoupling policy as the best way to balance revenue requirements with energy savings.

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Energy Efficiency

Research shows utilities save even more with decoupling

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A recent article published in the Electricity Journal, co-authored by Fresh Energy and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), shows that utilities with decoupling policies are putting more money into energy efficiency and achieving greater energy savings.

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Energy Efficiency

Statement on the Supreme Court’s demand response ruling

“This ruling is absolutely critical to moving us toward a future where energy is used more efficiently and strategically. Minnesota utilities have already begun utilizing demand response programs in Minnesota, such as optimizing customers’ large electric water heaters and air conditioners to save all ratepayers money. But we are only beginning to scratch the surface of this potential. As utilities and regulators develop more sophisticated ways to track and implement demand response techniques into the market we will be able to shave our peak energy demand significantly – creating savings for consumers and utilities alike.”

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Energy Efficiency

How can the Clean Energy Incentive Program increase low income energy efficiency?

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The Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) is a provision in the Clean Power Plan that awards allowances to states for early action to invest in renewable energy, such as wind and solar, as well as low-income energy efficiency projects. Notably, double credits will be awarded for low-income energy efficiency projects that reduce end-use energy demand in 2020 and 2021. Fresh Energy is urging the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to include participation in the CEIP through five targeted recommendations.

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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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Energy Efficiency

New energy program will help save people money and time

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This week, two of Minnesota’s largest electric and natural gas utilities are rolling out a new joint program that help multifamily building owners and tenants save money by lowering their energy bill. By streamlining and simplifying the process, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy hope to create a one-stop approach to energy savings.

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