10, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Although, the sun is shining and Minnesota’s temperatures are the warmest in six months, the Minnesota Department is reminding consumers that chilly evenings and the need for heat remains. The Cold Weather Rule, administered by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), ends on April 15, next Tuesday. The PUC and the Commerce Department remind consumers to act now by applying for heating assistance.
01, 2014 - Before embarking on home energy improvements or remodeling, especially major projects, the Minnesota Department of Commerce strongly recommends having an advanced home energy assessment.
21, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota have issued an alert to consumers who are considering the purchase of radiant barriers in their attics. Both Commerce and the BBB have received numerous reports of salespeople pitching the radiant barrier product at free dinners throughout Minnesota.
19, 2014 - Are you planning an energy efficiency improvement project or a new renewable energy system, or have you recently completed a project? You may be eligible for incentives to help pay for or finance those projects.
18, 2014 - The colder-than-normal winter has made for a rough heating season for all Minnesotans, especially those using propane. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants consumers to know there are several options to help reduce their heating costs, such as financial assistance to help low-income people pay their heating bills, energy-saving programs to reduce heating costs, and secondary heating systems to supplement existing systems.
04, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce today recommended an $11.4 million reduction to the $14.2 million rate increase proposed by Midwest Energy Resources Company (MERC) for natural gas service in 2014. Over 214,000 customers in 165 communities across Minnesota receive natural gas service from MERC and would be impacted by the rate increase. After an analysis of the rate request, the Department concluded that the recommended reductions of $11.4 million, or 80 percent of the proposed increase, will still fully allow MERC to provide safe, reliable service.
27, 2014 - With continued bitterly cold weather – the coldest winter three decades – not only has it taken a toll on home budgets, but also homeowners may look to alternate heat sources to stay warm. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, however, urges Minnesotans to be safe about space heaters and carbon monoxide as the deep freeze continues across the state.
18, 2014 - The Department of Commerce is encouraging Minnesotans to keep furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods, and chimneys clear of snow and ice in order to keep the heat on and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
03, 2014 - The cost to install a solar energy system will be much more affordable for those who qualify for the new 10-year, $15-million-a-year, Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. The program, which was launched on January 1 by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, will boost Minnesota’s solar energy generation.
30, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $15,814,434 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The total amount of funds Minnesota has received this year is $114,540,746. The LIHEAP program in Minnesota helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of customers.