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Load shifting

Utilities: Consider load shifting to avoid cost and emissions in the Midwest  Advancing codes and standards. Measures reaching market saturation. It's getting more expensive and tougher for utilities to meet savings goals. Continue reading
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Low-rise multifamily code compliance. Can we do better for people and…

Compliance with building energy codes is key to ensure home and business owners benefit from the intended energy savings. If we don’t use effective methods to understand energy code compliance, we can’t establish accurate baselines for energy efficiency programs or understand what energy savings are left on the table. Compliance insight will equip program managers to make the case for compliance improvement and enhancement programs. This is especially important for low-rise multifamily buildings. Continue reading
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Codes push building performance forward. Efficiency programs don’t need to…

Minnesota raised the bar on commercial building energy performance with historic code advancements. Utilities still have a vital role to play in the commercial new construction market. But how will the utility role change? Continue reading
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Energy and new homes in Minnesota

What energy savings opportunities are available in new and renovated Minnesota homes? About 13,000 new homes and several hundred multifamily buildings are built in Minnesota each year and many existing homes are added on to or renovated. How do these projects compare relative to energy code? What kinds of beyond-code energy savings opportunities are still out there and how might utility conservation programs help to capture them? Continue reading
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Light level analysis in Minnesota commercial buildings

How much lighting energy do commercial buildings use annually? What building types are ideal for adjusting light levels? We partnered with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program to answer these questions and discover the best program offerings and resources so Minnesota can optimize their light levels and save on costs. Continue reading