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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

Proposal to save consumers money, reward energy efficiency

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Fresh Energy, along with several efficiency and clean energy organizations and the Energy CENTS Coalition, has proposed a new electric billing rate called Inclining Block Rate pricing for Xcel Energy customers. Compared to Xcel’s requested rate increases, the proposal will save consumers money and reward energy efficiency.

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Energy Efficiency

News Release: Consumer and energy efficiency advocate groups propose energy- and cost-savings plan for Xcel Energy customers

The Energy CENTS Coalition and a group of energy efficiency advocacy organizations propose a rate structure in Xcel Energy’s current rate case that will protect low- and fixed-income customers from rate increases and reward customers who conserve energy and invest in energy efficiency.

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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

Electric Utilities 2.0

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Electric utilities’ old way of doing business is increasingly out of date. Instead of a system that incentivizes selling more and more energy, we need a system that works in partnership with how the world is changing—and helps electric utilities become efficiency and conservation champions.

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