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Conservation Improvement Program Planning & Performance Reporting

Guidelines and resources outlining the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) planning and performance reporting requirements.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce (Commerce) manages the regulatory compliance and provides technical assistance for over 150 electric and natural gas utilities. Commerce staff evaluate each utility’s CIP Plan and Performance reporting to ensure that statutory requirements are met, programs are cost-effective, energy savings are measurable and verifiable, and that they reach customers across all market segments.

CIP Plans: Electric and natural gas utilities report CIP Plans with Commerce at least once every three years to outline how their planned CIP activities comply with the requirements outlined in Minnesota Statutes 216B.241 and 216B.2411.

CIP Performance: Electric and gas utilities also report annual CIP Performance with Commerce to assess utilities’ actual CIP performance compared to the goals approved in their CIP Plans. 

General Reporting Schedule 

Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and community owned utilities (COUs) are required to submit CIP performance reports yearly and CIP plans at least once every three years. Electric IOUs submit their status reports in early May while Gas IOUs submit their status reports in early June. COUs file their CIP plans and status reports into Energy Savings Platform (ESP) each year in early June. The tabs below summarize the steps in the CIP reporting schedule.

Questions? Email and we will assist you in the filing process.


 The following tabs contain more detailed information related to CIP policy, planning, and reporting requirements.

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