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Efficiency in Action, Markets & Business, Program Implementation, Programs & Policy

St. Paul Impresses as ACEEE’s Most Improved City for 2020

1 Dec , 2020  

Taylor Patterson, ERS The 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard, developed by ACEEE, recognizes energy efficiency achievements of cities across the United States each year. Not only does the Scorecard rank the most efficient cities nationwide, it also recognizes the most improved cities, the ones that have made the most significant strides toward greater efficiency standards […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Emerging Technology, Renewables

Snow Buildup No Longer an Issue for Solar Panels

10 Mar , 2020  

This article was originally published on energynews.us on 3.10. 2020. A Minnesota couple’s idea for keeping solar panels clear of snow is gaining traction after winning a $50,000 federal innovation prize. Solar panels work well in cold weather, but not as well if they are covered even partially by snow. The tilt of panels helps […]

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Program Implementation, Programs & Policy

Xcel & CenterPoint Offer Multi-Family Building Efficiency Incentives

3 Jun , 2016  

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Minnesota utilities offer new energy-efficiency incentives Star Tribune, June 2, 2016. Image credit: skeeze Xcel Energy is trotting out new money-saving incentives for owners of energy-efficient, multi-tenant buildings. The incentives were laid out in Xcel’s Triennial Conservation Improvement Program, which was filed with Minnesota utility regulators this week. The “Multi-Family Building Efficiency” program is a joint […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Want community solar? Take a free water heater

26 Feb , 2015  

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Why one electric co-op is offering their solar customers free water heaters Utility Dive, February 10, 2015 Minnesota’s Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric recently announced plans to construct a 250-panel community solar array, and will sell panels to customers at $170 a pop. If that seems like a really good deal, here’s the “catch”: To get the […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends

Xcel Energy Offers Plug-In Rates for EVs

3 Feb , 2015  

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Xcel proposes low-cost, off-peak rates for plug-in cars Star Tribune, January 30, 2015 Plugging in an electric vehicle soon will get significantly cheaper for Minnesota customers of Xcel Energy Inc., the state’s largest power company. The utility asked state regulators Friday to approve a rate for overnight home charging of electric cars at a 43 […]

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