Conservation in Minnesota


Way back in 1980, the State of Minnesota directed its Public Utilities Commission to initiate a pilot to demonstrate the feasibility of investing in energy efficiency at a system-wide level. Just three years later in 1983, the State determined that each Minnesota utility with a revenue greater than $50 million would be required to operate at least one conservation program that required a “significant” investment.

And with that, Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program, or “CIP,” was born.

Through the years, Minnesota has revisited and refined our flagship efficiency program — requiring the involvement of all public utilities and adding low-income provisions (1989), setting specific levels of conservation investments for gas and electric utilities (1991), and passing Minnesota’s groundbreaking, bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act (2007).

In 2010, the annual spending goal was re-framed as a savings goal — aiming for electric utilities to save 1.5%of annual sales per year, and gas utilities to save 1% of annual sales per year, all through focused energy efficiency incentives, rebates, and programs for their customers. Today Minnesota utilities offer some of the lowest cost, best-performing energy conservation programs in the country.

A collaboration of Minnesota organizations who recognize the power of intentional conservation, this website exists to share information and local success stories of #MNCIP in action.


This website and related videos reflect a collaboration among businesses and nonprofits to support deeper understanding of Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program. These materials are not affiliated with the Minnesota Department of Commerce.



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Apadana Lighting, Golden Valley

Cedar Creek Electric, Coon Rapids

Chadderon Lumber, Faribault

Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen

LIV Aveda Salon, Mankato

Mankato Brewery, Mankato

Mankato Mall, Mankato

Medina Entertainment Center, Medina

Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, Brainerd, Duluth, Rochester

Noble Conservation Solutions, Anoka

Precision Gasket Company, Edina

City of Slayton, Slayton

Schwickert’s Tecta America

St. Thomas More Catholic Church, St. Paul

The Retrofit Company, Owatonna

Werner Electric, Cottage Grove

Wilson Trucking, Red Wing


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Jamie Fitzke, jfitzke@mncee.org