Minnesota Power connects with customers to exceed state energy savings goal

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The smart choices customers made about how they can use electricity more efficiently helped Minnesota Power deliver yet again on the state of Minnesota’s energy savings goal. Minnesota Power reported 2014 energy savings in its annual Conservation Improvement Program filing today with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Total energy saved in 2014 was 2.5 percent of eligible retail sales, well above the state goal of 1.5 percent. Minnesota Power has delivered at or above the 1.5 percent savings target since the goal went into effect in 2010.

Minnesota Power’s conservation team worked with business, commercial and residential customers to find specific ways to reduce energy use, and those efforts paid off by saving more than 76,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2014. That’s the equivalent of powering more than 8,400 homes for a year. Put another way, the savings reduced emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 81,000 tons, which is comparable to taking about 16,000 cars off the road for a year.

“Customer engagement and customer choices about how they use energy are at the heart of our Power of One® program success,” said Tina Koecher, manager of customer solutions for Minnesota Power. “We connect with customers to help them find the best fit approaches for energy efficiency in their homes or businesses and to help ensure they get the most for their energy dollars.”

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