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Minnesota utilities, organizations recognized by ACEEE’s Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs

Minnesota utilities and statewide public benefits organizations were well represented in the recently released American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Third National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs. The Review recognizes and profiles best program practices and outstanding energy efficiency programs that serve electric and natural gas utility customers. The first review was conducted in 2003 and the second in 2008.

Award-winning programs in a number of categories were selected for developing innovative designs, services and delivery methods and expanding into new markets across the country. Those with Minnesota ties earning exemplary or honorable mention status included:

  • Small Business Category, Exemplary Award: Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment and Xcel Energy for their One-Stop Efficiency Shop Program®.
  • Residential Audit and Weatherization Category, Exemplary Award: CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment, and Neighborhood Energy Connection for their Home Energy Squad Program.
  • Cooperatives and Public Utilities Category, Exemplary Award: Austin Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources, Owatonna Public Utilities, Rochester Public Utilities, and Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment.
  • Niche/Other Programs Category, Exemplary Award: CenterPoint Energy for its CenterPoint Energy Foodservice Program.
  • Residential HVAC Category, Honorable Mention: Xcel Energy for its High Efficiency Air Conditional Program.

Access the full list of awards and program profiles here.