Find news releases related to efficiency and clean energy, utility regulation, and energy assistance and weatherization programs. News releases date five years back. After five years, releases will automatically drop off of this page.
01, 2012 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today has approved the Minnesota Electric and Natural Gas Conservation Improvement Plan submitted by Xcel Energy. The approved conservation improvement plan demonstrates clear financial benefits to participating consumers and a significant reduction in their energy consumption.
29, 2012 - A short-term clean energy training program in northeastern Minnesota has generated seven full-time, living wage jobs and enhanced the road to employment for many more. That’s thanks to the Sustainable Employment through Training & Trade (SETT) Program, otherwise known as “Get SETT.”
29, 2012 - Tightening the home envelope—including sealing air leaks and insulating your home—is the best way to conserve energy and increase comfort in your home. This is the key message of the Home Envelope display, one of many features of the Energy Solutions Home at the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience.
27, 2012 - Is your furnace or boiler working efficiently? Does it need repair or replacement? How do I explore upgrading my heating and cooling systems? How old is too old for my water heater? These and many other questions will be addressed at the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) display at the State Fair’s Eco Experience Building.
22, 2012 - Saving money and saving energy go hand-in-hand. That’s why this year at the State Fair the Minnesota Department of Commerce is demonstrating ways Minnesota homeowners can save money and energy with an advanced home energy audit.
21, 2012 - For the first time ever, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has developed a home-sized energy efficiency exhibit for Minnesota State Fairgoers. Whether sorting through home lighting options, searching for the most efficient kitchen and laundry appliances, or assessing your home’s overall performance and needed upgrades, the Energy Solutions Home exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair (August 23-Sept. 3) will demonstrate the many ways homeowners can improve the efficiency, comfort, safety, and environmental impact of their home.
07, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest this year, with more information relevant to rural Minnesota economies than ever before. The Commerce Department booth is located in the Agriculture Building, where Commerce staff will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of topics affecting the lives of farm families and businesses.
03, 2012 - A new effort is underway in Minnesota to put solar power on the fast track in communities statewide. A partnership known as the Minnesota Solar Challenge is focused on streamlining solar electric permitting processes and improving solar zoning regulations across Minnesota.
03, 2012 - It hasn’t been this hot in 100 years. With a record heat wave bearing down on Minnesota ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is offering some simple tips to save money, conserve energy, and stay cool.
28, 2012 - Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) is working. According to a report issued today by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota’s electric and gas utilities achieved substantial energy savings through CIP programs in 2009 and 2010. Those measures will save Minnesotans an estimated $2.6 billion over the average 15-year life of the measures and prevent a projected 25 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in Minnesota.