“It’s in Minnesota’s Nature.” That slogan defines the culture of Grand Rapids, Minn., a community that values and respects the environment. Businesses throughout the city are making energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities with help from the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), a program that Energy Insight, Inc., has delivered since 2012. In the first five years, this relationship helped businesses and organizations in Grand Rapids avoid nearly 8.75 million kWh per year and lower peak demand by a combined 1,525 kW in the first five years.
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Doug Eli of Energy Insight works closely with Julie Kennedy, general manager of Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission, to deliver CIP rebates and services to the municipal utility’s customers.
LED lights welcome guests to the lobby of the Timberlake Lodge, a GRPUC customer.
Doug Eli (left) of Energy Insight provides GRPUC customers like Jesse Hawk, maintenance manager of Timberlake Lodge, with savings calculations and rebate estimates on the front end of facility projects.
Zion Lutheran Church has made numerous energy efficiency upgrades using rebates available through GRPUC.
A lighting study at Zion Lutheran Church identified opportunities to switch to energy-efficient LEDs.