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Minneapolis & St. Paul "Energy Savings Made Easy" (ESME) Program

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Project Description

In alignment with the national directive of “Recovery through Retrofit,” public and private sector leaders in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have created an unprecedented partnership to launch a comprehensive and personalized one-stop shop for energy saving services. Energy Savings Made Easy (ESME), removes barriers to building retrofit information with Community Energy Service (CES), financing through the Energy Bank, and access to skilled workers while engaging individuals and entire communities in sustainable and continuously improved energy reduction efforts. Rather than offering passive “one size fits all” programs, ESME will reach out to engage customer participation. This “lean forward” marketing approach extends to property owners in their neighborhoods with individualized customer service; meeting each one wherever they are in the process and helping them save energy in their home with specific data, custom financial assistance and follow-up support to ensure success. Designed for scalability, ESME will make significant impact in our mass metropolitan area by bringing together energy conservation programs under a single management structure.

Funding Program

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant - Competitive; Retrofit Ramp-up Program

Responsibility for Implementation

Community Planning and Economic Development

Funding Agency

DOE Environmental Mgmt Consolidated Business Ctr

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Last updated Mar 14, 2014



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