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Commerce presents on energy studies to Legislative Energy Commission

Energy studies required by 2013 legislation were presented to the Legislative Energy Commission on February 12 by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Lena Hansen, principal of Rocky Mountain Institute, provided an overview of the Minnesota Energy Future Study Scoping Report. The report recommends an 18-month energy future study for Minnesota that would evaluate how the state can achieve a sustainable and cost-effective energy system that does not rely on burning fossil fuels.

Commerce staff also presented on the following studies:

  • Energy Savings Goal Study presented by Jessica Burdette.
  • Value of Solar Heating and Cooling in Minnesota Study presented by Stacy Miller.
  • White Paper Analysis of Utility-Managed, On-Site Energy Storage in Minnesota presented by Lise Trudeau.

The Department of Commerce presentation slides and reports are posted on the Legislative Energy Commission website.

Minnesota Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner Bill Grant also provided an overview on the state’s propane shortage and efforts to address the problem. The Legislative Energy Commission is a joint entity of the Minnesota Senate and House that is co-chaired by Sen. John Marty and Rep. Melissa Hortman.