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Energy Platforms to scope Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Database

Energy Platforms LLC, the developers of ESP®, the cloud-based energy efficiency data management system originally created for Minnesota, has been awarded a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to perform scope work on the Massachusetts Statewide Energy Efficiency Database. The scope effort includes heading up the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) Energy Efficiency Database Working Group and working with all Massachusetts program administrators (utilities) and state stakeholder representatives. A CARD grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) helped fund the development of ESP®.

“Being hired by Massachusetts to define its energy efficiency database is a validation of the innovative CIP [conservation improvement program] work happening in Minnesota.” said Leo Steidel, CEO of Energy Platforms. “With the help of DER, Energy Platforms had an opportunity to solve problems at the state level and in a state that has a wide variety of types and sizes of utilities. Massachusetts recognizes the value of the experience gained in Minnesota.”

Alliant Energy sells its Minnesota electric, natural gas distribution businesses

Alliant Energy announced on Sept. 3 agreements to sell its Minnesota electric and natural gas distribution businesses. The electric distribution business in the state will be sold to Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative, a combine group of 12 neighboring electric cooperatives. Alliant Energy’s Minnesota natural gas business will be sold to Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation. Read more. 

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative launches state’s first solar community

Nearly 300 people were part of history on Sept. 10 when the state’s first solar community was launched at the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Rockford, Minn. Member owners, utility reps, renewable energy advocates, policymakers and more celebrated the grand opening for the 32.49 kW, 117-panel solar array. Read more. 

Minneapolis ranks 8th in ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Minneapolis ranked 8th in the first City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a rating of policies and programs to save energy for the nation’s largest 34 cities compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Boston ranked No. 1 followed by Portland, Ore.; New York City; San Francisco, and Seattle. Read more.

Alexandria’s Discovery Middle School achieves big energy savings

Alexandria’s “Go Green Initiative” focused on its Discovery Middle School and achieved big time energy savings, thanks to major upgrades to its lighting and HVAC control systems. Minnesota B3 Benchmarking provided documentation of the energy savings. An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the Minnesota Department of Commerce and rebates from the school’s electric and natural gas suppliers helped pay for the energy upgrades. Read a case study about Alexandria’s energy success.

Estimated 250,000 visit Home Energy exhibit at 2013 State Fair

An estimated 250,000 people visited the Eco Experience at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, and it’s fair to say that most of those fairgoers took in the Home Energy exhibit, the centerpiece of the Eco Experience that was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER). This year’s Home Energy exhibit was a huge success, thanks to 11 new educational displays that showcased energy efficiency and renewable energy. Read more.

MN Energy Tip: Inspect furnaces, boilers each year

The heating season is right around the corner, so it’s time to make sure your heating system is working properly. Furnaces and boilers, the two most common ways to heat homes, should be inspected and adjusted on an annual basis to maintain efficiency and safety. Read more.