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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.
30, 2012 - As part of President Obama’s all of the above approach to energy, the Obama Administration today joined with the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will streamline the efficient and responsible development of offshore wind resources in the Great Lakes.
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.