Conservation Initiatives

Energy Conservation Advancements

The investor-owned utilities spend more than $140 million annually for its Conservation Improvement Program. Each utility develops its own Conservation Improvement Program plan to assist residential and business customers to be more energy efficient and the benefits are substantial. For example, natural gas consumption has been reduced more than 20 percent in the state from 97.1 MMBtu/residential customer in 2005 to 77.2 MMBtu/residential customer in 2012.

Below are some examples of what each investor-owned utility is doing to conserve more energy to reduce load and the need to replace power plants.

  • Xcel Energy has invested approximately $111 million on electric and natural gas energy efficiency programs, which have saved enough electric energy to power 63,000 homes and saved enough natural gas energy to power 8,682 homes.
  • Minnesota Power is exceeding state energy conservation goals of 1.5 percent per year for the last four years through Power of One programs.
  • Otter Tail Power invested more than $4.81 million in 2012 on its Conservation Improvement Program and returned more than $25.9 million in lifetime benefits to customers.
  • CenterPoint Energy has increased energy savings by 80 percent from 2007 to 2011, from 825,000 to 1,488,000 MCF. They have repeatedly received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Exemplary Program Award for their Conservation Improvement Program.
  • ESource recently recognized CenterPoint Energy’s Minnesota energy efficiency program for achieving the greatest energy savings in the nation as a percentage of its natural gas sales. This surpassed the company’ state-approved energy savings goals.