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  • Minnesotans need to prepare for cold winter months ahead
    October 04, 2012 - With snow already pounding northwestern Minnesota and freezing temperatures around the corner for all Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Public Utilities Commission are encouraging low-income Minnesotans to contact their utilities to ask about Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule and to apply for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) through their local service providers
  • Department of Commerce supports Solar Rewards Program through 2015
    October 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.
  • Ready, Get SETT, create clean energy jobs for Minnesotans
    August 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.”
  • Energy Solutions Home shows how to tighten the home envelope—keep outside air out, inside air in
    August 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.
  • Energy Solutions Home demonstrates high-efficient heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating systems
    August 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.
  • Energy Solutions Home demonstrates benefits of advanced home energy audit
    August 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.
  • At State Fair, Minnesota Department of Commerce to showcase Energy Solutions Home
    August 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.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest
    August 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.
  • Minnesota exploring ways to cut red tape for solar installations, streamline permitting process
    August 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.
  • As record heat wave bears down on Minnesota, save money and energy
    July 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.
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