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Energy Efficiency Overview

  1. 1. www.energy.mn.gov Terry Webster
  2. 2. Who we are… • Providing energy expertise for over 30 years – Promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy to Minnesota consumers, businesses, and policymakers through educational outreach and technical assistance, targeted financial incentives, and demonstrations of market-ready new technologies. • Publications, presentations, website, training, energy fairs, State Fair Eco-Experience, Living Green Expo
  3. 3. Legislative Action • Next Generation Energy Initiative of 2007: – More Energy Savings • NextGen requires utilities to save 1.5% of annual retail energy sales—a doubling of energy savings! – More Renewables • MN utilities must provide 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 • Most aggressive standard in the nation! – Less Carbon • Statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals • 15% by 2015, 30% by 2025, 80% by 2050
  4. 4. We use a lot of energy! • Annual statewide energy use: – 1.822 quadrillion Btus Residential Buildings – 21% Transportation – 29% All Buildings: 40% Commercial Buildings – 19% Industrial – 31% Source: Energy Information Administration 2006
  5. 5. Energy Use: Annually • This includes… – Enough natural gas to fill nearly 6000 Metrodomes – Enough coal to fill a train stretching from Duluth to New Orleans—and back again – Enough petroleum to make a layer 15 feet thick over Interstate 94 from Hudson to Moorhead—all four lanes
  6. 6. Energy Use: Annually • And all this energy use generates over 105 million tons of CO2… – Enough to fill the Mall of America over 24,000 times
  7. 7. Every year the typical MN house uses… • Nearly 207 million btus of Heating/AC – 55% energy – Electricity Lights, electronics – 20% – Natural gas – Propane Appliances – 15% – Heating oil Water Heating – 10%
  8. 8. The Energy Mix • New technology will be in our future… – Wind, solar, bio-fuels, fuel cells, hybrids, new construction methods and materials… • But we will have a mix of energy sources for decades… – Coal, nuclear, natural gas, petroleum, and renewables
  9. 9. In the meantime… • Conservation and efficiency actions are the best FIRST strategies for: – Reducing dependence on fossil fuels – Affecting climate change – Saving real money – Securing our energy future – Preparing for what comes next
  10. 10. What can I do? • Can my actions really make a difference for… – my energy bill? – the state’s energy bill? – encouraging renewable energy? – reducing our carbon emissions? – securing our energy future?
  11. 11. www.energy.mn.gov Terry Webster

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