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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.
26, 2012 - Several weeks of severe weather across Minnesota has caused golf ball sized hail in Detroit Lakes, downed trees and power lines in Apple Valley and Hastings, and severe flooding in Duluth, Moose Lake, and Cannon Falls. As Minnesotans begin to assess damage to their homes and businesses, waterlogged basements, and broken windshields, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is on hand to help consumers understand their rights, resolve insurance claims, and provide energy and weatherization assistance to low-income Minnesotans.
07, 2012 - As summer heats up, the Minnesota Department of Commerce offered some simple energy-saving tips today to help Minnesotans keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce their utility bills in the months ahead.
24, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Alliant Energy are teaming up to warn consumers about a recent scam targeting utility customers throughout the Midwest. Alliant Energy customers in Wisconsin and Iowa have received calls from individuals impersonating Alliant representatives. The callers then claim a customer’s account is delinquent and demand immediate, full payment to avoid immediate disconnection.
02, 2012 - As Minnesota works to grow its rural economies and move toward a more energy efficient future, a key partnership between the Minnesota Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Minnesota Project has significantly increased the number of fully trained, qualified energy auditors serving farms and rural businesses statewide.
20, 2012 - In recognition of Earth Day, the Minnesota Department of Commerce encourages all Minnesotans to think about their energy use and its impact on our environment. Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman reminds consumers that energy conservation is good for your wallet, and essential to the health of our environment.