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Energy Efficiency

Cutting waste in our energy system and improving our communities with super-efficient, resilient homes and commercial buildings.

Fuel-Switching 101: moving towards an efficient and carbon-free future

Fuel-switching describes the replacement of an end-use consumer technology with one that consumes a different fuel. And there are big opportunities on the horizon to support efficient fuel-switching to clean electricity.

Putting money back into Minnesota schools’ budgets

Public schools across Minnesota will be learning more about their energy use—and identifying new strategies for conservation and savings—thanks to a new law secured during the 2019 legislative session with leadership from Fresh Energy.

Minnesota utilities achieve record energy savings in 2018

Minnesota’s investor-owned utilities achieved big savings last year, thanks to the Conservation Improvement Program.

Cold weather and energy efficiency: what’s the connection?

The polar vortex has left our region, but as climate change accelerates, extreme weather in the Midwest will continue to occur. Could more efficient buildings help solve the clean energy equation?

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