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01, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce today announced the names of 14 grant recipients for projects that will identify new technologies and strategies to maximize and measure energy savings in commercial, residential, and agricultural settings. The grants, totaling $2.8 million, are funded by the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant Program and administered by the Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources (DER).
19, 2012 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $29.2 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP). That brings the state’s total federal allocation this winter season to $116.8 million.
23, 2011 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today announced the state will receive an additional $14.1 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
19, 2011 - Thirty-six facilities across the state will realize more than $3 million in permanent, ongoing energy savings every year for the foreseeable future. That’s thanks to a one-time, $4.1 million energy upgrade grant program administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER).
13, 2011 - Minnesota got some bright news this month when the U.S. Department of Energy announced the recipients of its Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) was awarded more than $263,000 to help make solar installation faster and less expensive for small businesses and homeowners.
09, 2011 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, received $73.5 million in LIHEAP funds this year from the federal government, compared to $152.6 million last year. Despite funding cuts, the Commerce Department is working vigilantly to stretch every dollar, and help as many families as possible. More than 128,000 Minnesota households are enrolled in the program already this winter.
02, 2011 - Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is representing the State of Minnesota at the White House today. Rothman is meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu, top White House energy officials, and more than 60 CEOs, mayors, energy leaders, and labor representatives from states around the country. The group will discuss President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, and how ongoing initiatives in states like Minnesota can help significantly reduce energy consumption in public and private buildings nationwide.
01, 2011 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce today launched a newly redesigned, user-friendly Stay Warm Minnesota section of its website. The new section is designed to provide easier access to information and deliver better service to Minnesota consumers who are experiencing challenges during this winter heating season.
21, 2011 - As cold weather settles across Minnesota and furnaces kick in to high gear, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) issued a consumer alert today reminding consumers of some basic energy-saving measures to practice in the frigid winter months ahead.