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Minnesota Commerce Department awards 15 energy conservation grants

5/9/2018 2:07:20 PM

Projects will identify ways to maximize energy savings in Minnesota

For Immediate Release

SAINT PAUL – The Minnesota Commerce Department announced $2.4 million in grant awards today for 15 research and development projects designed to help Minnesota consumers and businesses save energy, cut energy bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The grants are awarded through the state’s /commerce/industries/energy/utilities/cip/applied-research-development/index.jspConservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant Program.

“Conserving energy helps Minnesota consumers and businesses reduce their energy costs while meeting our state’s energy and environmental goals,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman. “These innovative projects will help maximize energy efficiency in residential, multifamily and commercial buildings.”

Projects for this year’s CARD grants were chosen from 44 full proposals (honed down from 110 initial ideas) submitted through a competitive grant process. Grant recipients include a range of nonprofit groups and businesses, many with years of experience working with utilities to help them achieve energy conservation goals and benefit Minnesota utility ratepayers.

Funded by utilities, the CARD Grant Program was created to help achieve the state’s energy conservation goal as established by the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. The goal is “to achieve annual energy savings equal to 1.5 percent of annual retail energy sales of electricity and natural gas” directly through utility conservation improvement programs and indirectly through energy codes, education, market transformation programs, consumer behavioral changes and other methods.

More information on the CARD program is /commerce/industries/energy/utilities/cip/applied-research-development/index.jspavailable on the Minnesota Commerce Department website (mn.gov/commerce). Questions can be directed to the Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center by email at energy.info@state.mn.us or by phone at 651-539-1886 or 800-657-3710.


The CARD grant recipients and their projects include:

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
White Paper: Prepaid Electricity Plans as Energy Efficiency Programs in Minnesota: Potential Savings and Concerns
$49,998

Center for Energy and Environment
Field Study of Stand-alone Dehumidification and Efficiency Opportunities in Minnesota Single-Family Homes
$257,780

Center for Energy and Environment
Expanded Scope Commercial Boiler Tune-ups
$250,960

Center for Energy and Environment
The Operation and Control of Lighting, Plug Loads, and other Power over Ethernet (PoE) Technologies
$104,975 

Center for Energy and Environment
White Paper: Is it Time to Reconsider Minnesota Cooling Loads?: The Diversity of Potential Residential Cooling Solutions and a Best Practices Guide
$49,946

Center for Energy and Environment
White Paper: Pay-for-Performance: A Development Tool to Incentivize Ongoing Building Performance
$49,334

Evergreen Economics, Inc.
White Paper: Future Emerging Technologies: Leveraging Public Research for Application in Minnesota
$49,680

Gas Technology Institute
Demonstration of Packaged Central Condensing Tankless Water Heating Systems in Multifamily Buildings
$334,667

Michaels Energy, Inc.
White Paper: The Electrified Frontier: Exploring Stakeholder Views on the Emerging Intersection of Electrification, Efficiency and De-carbonization
$44,462

Seventhwave, Inc.
Field and Market Assessment of Heat Pump Clothes Dryers
$376,598

Seventhwave, Inc.
Field Study of Tier 2 Advanced Power Strips
$105,978

Seventhwave, Inc.
Minnesota Residential Energy Code Compliance Study
$299,390

Seventhwave, Inc.
Minnesota Commercial Energy Code Compliance Study
$319,863

Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.
White Paper: Updating the Energy Efficiency Cost-effectiveness Framework in Minnesota
$49,860

University of Minnesota
White Paper: Driving Wastewater Treatment Energy Efficiency through a Cohort Training and Implementation Plan
$50,000 

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Media Contact
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
p: 651-539-1463 | c: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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