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Twelve CARD grants awarded by DER in Spring 2012 funding cycle


Twelve Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) grants have been awarded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) from last year’s request for proposals (RFP). Over $2.3 million in grants were awarded in three different funding topics identified in the RFP:

  • Field Testing of New Technologies
  • Testing or Demonstration of  Innovative Program Implementation Strategies
  • White Papers Addressing Specific Problems, Underutilized Opportunities or Potential for Pioneering Technologies or Concepts

No projects were funded in a fourth topic: Small-Scale Partial Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Projects.  

Grant projects were chosen from among 64 proposals submitted by the May 7, 2012 deadline.  Subjects for the grants are varied and range from a project that will analyze Minnesota’s current net metering rules and standby rates in relation to CHP opportunities, to a project which will deploy and field test an advanced heat recovery system for large commercial and industrial boilers. In addition to the $2.3 million provided by DER, grantees are contributing over $600,000 in matching funds or resources, resulting in total costs for the funded projects of over $2.9 million.

The purpose of the grants is to identify new technologies or strategies to maximize energy savings, improve the effectiveness of energy conservation programs, and document carbon dioxide reductions in conservation projects.

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 ultimately intended to benefit the State of Minnesota and Minnesota ratepayers through the Conservation Improvement Programs (CIPs) that utilities operate. All programs, products and services generated by the grants will be delivered to utility customers, end-users and trade partners located in Minnesota.

The 2012 CARD grantees and their projects, divided by funding topic, include:

Field Testing of New Technologies


Center for Energy & Environment, Minneapolis 
Reducing the Energy Cost of Effective Ventilation in Multi-Unit Buildings
Grant: $148,348

Center for Energy & Environment, Minneapolis
Condensing Boiler Optimization
Grant: $209,232

Center for Energy & Environment, Minneapolis
Saving Energy by Reducing Duct Leakage in Large Commercial & Institutional Buildings
Grant: $380,155

Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, Ill.
Advanced Heat Recovery System Field Deployment
Grant: $743,603

Testing or Demonstration of Innovative Program Implementation Strategies


Michaels Energy, Inc., La Crosse, Wis.
Cost-Effective Recommissioning of Restaurants
Grant: $276,410

The Minnesota Project, St. Paul
Dairy Cooperative Partnerships for Improved Efficiency Program Adoption
Gant: $210,232

University of Minnesota—MN Technical Assistance Program, Minneapolis
Motivating Manufacturing Energy Efficiency: E2 Assessments and GreenLean(SM) Training with Directed Implementation Assistance
Grant: $177,488

White Papers Addressing Specific Problems, Underutilized Opportunities, or Potential for Pioneering Technologies or Concepts


Center for Energy & Environment, Minneapolis
Window Retrofit Technologies for Increased Energy Efficiency without Replacement
Grant: $47,224

Center for Energy & Environment, Minneapolis
Heat Pump Water Heaters: Savings Potential in Minnesota
Grant: $25,941

University of Illinois at Chicago, Energy Resources Center, Chicago
Increasing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Opportunities to Aid Minnesota’s Energy Savings Goal: Analyzing Net Metering Rules and Standby Rates
Grant: $23,040

University of Minnesota – MN Technical Assistance Program, Minneapolis
Researching Energy Conservation Potential at Minnesota Data Centers
Grant: $46,781

The Weidt Group, Inc., Minnetonka
Integrating Benchmarking and the Green Button Initiative
Grant: $50,000

For questions or more information on any of these grants contact Mary Sue Lobenstein, R&D Program Administrator.