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Minnesota Leads the Pack in Midwest Energy Efficiency

Gita Subramony for Zondits, September 10, 2014

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions analyzed energy use reductions across the USA over one year. The Midwest has shown great strides in achieving energy reductions between 2011 and 2012. Minnesota leads the region with a reduction of 1.12 percent and is poised to use efficiency to meet recent EPA rules on power plant emissions. Several states are lagging though: North Dakota cut consumption by 0.07% between 2011 and 2012, and Kansas only saw a reduction of 0.02%. Minnesota might serve as a valuable model to other Midwestern states seeking to drive further savings through progressive policies and energy efficiency initiatives and programs.


Study finds Midwest among top regions for energy efficiency

Midwest Energy News, September 4, 2014

Compared to other regions of the country, the upper Midwest is one of the pacesetters nationwide for reducing energy use.

As a result, according to new calculations, the states clustered around the Great Lakes will be relatively well-positioned to meet the carbon standards now being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state governments.

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions recently published a map with calculations of how much each state reduced its electricity use in 2012 as a result of efficiency measures, and how that stacks up against the efficiency goal proposed as part of the EPA’s developing new limits on emissions of carbon dioxide.

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