Find news releases related to efficiency and clean energy, utility regulation, and energy assistance and weatherization programs. News releases date five years back. After five years, releases will automatically drop off of this page.
30, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $15,814,434 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The total amount of funds Minnesota has received this year is $114,540,746. The LIHEAP program in Minnesota helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of customers.
23, 2014 - The brutal cold weather is sweeping across the country yet again, causing national headlines and larger-than-average heating bills. The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds low-income households, especially homes with senior citizens, people with disabilities, veterans, and families with children who might be struggling to pay their heating bills that help is still available from Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
06, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN—The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources wants low-income Minnesotans—especially seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children—to know that grant funds from the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are still available to help pay their heating bills and help them stay safe and warm this winter.
17, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman released today the most recent in his series of podcasts focused on financial literacy and consumer education tips for making smart money decisions and avoiding financial pitfalls. The podcasts are aimed at providing useful information that will lead to a more secure financial life today and in the future
16, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that it will begin to offer rebates for solar thermal systems starting in 2014 as part of its 10-year, $15-million-a-year Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program for both solar electric and solar thermal.
11, 2013 - Minnesotans who have a tough time staying warm and safe this winter-heating season can get great information on the Stay Warm Minnesota web page at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.
04, 2013 - The holiday season is here! In addition to replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, there are many other ways to practice energy conservation during the holidays.
26, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) recommended today a $21 million reduction to the $44 million rate increase proposed by CenterPoint Energy for natural gas service in 2014.