For Immediate Release:
SAINT PAUL, MN – Twelve research and development grant projects that will ultimately help Minnesota consumers and businesses save energy, cut energy bills, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions were announced today by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER). The grants, totaling $2.3 million, are funded by the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant Program and administered by DER.
“These grants will go to energy savings and efficiency projects from improving technologies in windows and heat pumps, to implementing energy efficiency innovations in restaurants and dairy co-ops,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Energy savings help Minnesota consumers and businesses keep more money in their family and business budgets, and help with Minnesota’s energy conservation efforts.”
The CARD Grant Program was created to help achieve the state energy conservation goal as established by the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. The Act established an energy conservation policy “to achieve annual energy savings equal to 1.5 percent of annual retail energy sales of electricity and natural gas” directly through utility conservation improvement programs and indirectly through energy codes, education, market transformation programs, consumer behavioral changes, and more.
The CARD grants will identify new technologies and strategies to maximize energy savings, improve the effectiveness of energy conservation programs, and document the carbon dioxide reductions from energy conservation projects.
Grant projects were chosen from 64 proposals submitted in May 2012 through a competitive grant process. The grant projects selected are varied and fall into one of three funding topics; for instance, one project will motivate manufacturers to invest in energy efficiency, another will look at energy conservation measures in restaurants, and another will identify opportunities to reduce duct leakage in large commercial and institutional buildings.
Grantees include a range of nonprofit and for-profit groups, many of which have years of experience working with utilities to help them achieve energy conservation goals. The grant funds are intended to benefit the State of Minnesota and Minnesota ratepayers specifically. All programs, products and services generated by the grants will be delivered to utility customers, end-users and trade partners located in Minnesota.
The CARD grantees and their projects, divided by funding topic, include:
Field Studies of New Technologies
Testing or Demonstration of Innovative Program Implementation Strategy
White Papers addressing Specific Problems, Underutilized Opportunities, or Potential for Pioneering Technologies or Concepts
More information about the CARD Grant Program, including a link to reports on previous CARD grant projects, is available here.