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Efficiency Policy & Regulation


Conservation Improvement Program

Minn. Stat. 216B.241 requires an energy savings goal of 1.5 percent of average retail sales for each electric utilities and 1 percent for natural gas utilities. Each electric and natural gas utility develops its own conservation plan, offering a variety of programs to assist residential and business customers become more energy efficient. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) reviews and approves each plan and the associated energy savings calculations. Details in our How CIP Works section.

Energy Policy Goal  

Minn. Statute 216C.05 Subd. 2, states it is the energy policy of the state of Minnesota that:
(1) the per capita use of fossil fuel as an energy input be reduced by 15 percent by the year 2015, through increased reliance on energy efficiency and renewable energy alternatives; and
(2) 25 percent of the total energy used in the state be derived from renewable energy resources by the year 2025. 

Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030

All Minnesota State bonded projects - new and substantially renovated - are required to meet the Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) energy standards as of July 1, 2010. In lieu of the current Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (B3) energy requirements of 30 percent less than current state energy code, the SB 2030 energy standard will be incorporated into B3 which are also required for all state bonded projects. An overview of Sustainable Building 2030 is available here.