Utilities Project Planning Resources



Browse the links below to learn more about the utilities that serve Minnesota and the programs they offer. You should contact your utility to find out more about their programs and how they apply to your needs.

This page starts out by showing you the most recent content from across the CERTs website. Jump to detailed resources.

Utilities Blog Posts

Castle Community
Chris Meyer
Wed, 01/23/2019 - 4:37pm
A unique collaboration brought energy modeling and efficiency measures into the renovation of the former National Guard Armory in Rochester—now dubbed the Castle Community. The measures are expected to reduce energy use by 20% when the...
Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study
Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 12/13/2018 - 2:05pm
Minnesota utilities should be able to continue to meet or exceed their annual energy-savings goals over the next decade, according to the Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study: 2020-2029 prepared for the Minnesota Department of Commerce and...
David and Lissa facilitate conversation after the film screening and presentations
Lissa Pawlisch
Mon, 12/03/2018 - 4:43pm
On November 27, over 140 people from the Red River Valley attended a film screening of the new documentary, The Power of Minnesota, that took take place at the Historic Fargo Theatre. Event highlights included a social with appetizers, presentations...

Utilities Case Studies

Everyone would like to save money on utility bills, and most people want to conserve our natural resources, right? Well, in Southwest Minnesota, what initially started as an effort to raise awareness among tenants, management, and community members about the importance of the responsible use of natural resources such as energy and water turned out to...
As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows and local dealerships begin stocking more of them, consumers will be thinking about where to find charging stations. While most EV owners charge their vehicles at home, drivers looking for a charge around town may struggle with an EV charging infrastructure in its infancy.
In one of the state’s most visible and most successful projects, St. Paul’s RiverCentre used $44,000 dollars in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding to replace 1,087 high-pressure sodium lights with new, energy efficient fluorescent lamps. The cost of the project was over $125,000 dollars, but RiverCentre, receiving EECBG funding and...
Utilities Project Planning

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Detailed Resources for Utilities

Getting Started

Conservation Improvement Program (CIP): Each electric and natural gas utility in Minnesota is required to develop its own Conservation Improvement Plan to raise awareness about energy conservation, to reduce residential and business utility bills, to generate research and development of efficient technologies, and to promote new energy resource development. Learn more by reading our CIP FAQ and by visiting the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Info Center.

Energy Data & Statistics: The Minnesota Department of Commerce collects information from a wide variety of sources. Learn more here.

Green Pricing refers to an option that all Minnesota utilities must offer their customers who want to purchase power from renewable sources. Learn more here.

MN Regulation: To learn more about the regulation of Minnesota electric and gas utilities, visit the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Residential Energy Use Behavior Change PilotFranklin Energy, April 2009
This project was funded through an applied conservation research and development grant from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES). The objective of this research study is to gather, analyze, and present the information necessary for OES and state utilities to move forward with a solid plan for piloting residential energy use behavior change programs as part of their Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) efforts. The end goal of this effort is to help Minnesota utilities better understand how to accelerate energy savings from changes in residential energy-use behavior. This goal includes recognizing the implementation challenges of these programs as well as their cost effectiveness on a dollar per kWh saved basis. By evaluating published studies on energy-use behavior change interventions and in conversations with industry participants, the research team was able to identify evidence as to the variety and effectiveness of behavior change programs and pilots. Also see the accompanying presentation >>

National and Regional Associations

American Public Power Association

American Public Gas Association

Mid-Continent Area Power Pool

Midwest Independent System Operator

Municipal Utilities and Power Agencies

Heartland Consumers Power District

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Minnesota Rural Electricity Association

Missouri River Energy Services (Missouri Basin Municipal Power Agency)

Moorhead Public Service

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Shakopee Public Utilities

Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency – A project by the Missouri River Energy Services.

Cooperative Utilities

Basin Electric Power Association

Dairyland Power Cooperative

East River Electric Power Co-op

Great River Energy

L&O Power Co-op

Minnkota Power Co-op

Investor-Owned Utilities

Alliant Energy – Interstate Power

Minnesota Power

Otter Tail Power Company

Xcel Energy (NSP)

Natural Gas Utilities

Alliant Energy – Interstate Power

CenterPoint Energy

Greater Minnesota Gas

Great Plains Natural Gas Company

Minnesota Energy Resources (formerly Aquila Inc dba Peoples Natural Gas – MN & Northern MN Utilities)

Xcel Energy (NSP)

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission