Home is Where the Savings Is: Understanding Residential Energy Efficiency Potential

January 14 | 11:30am-1:00pm

533 South 3rd Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis MN 55415

U.S. Green Building Council
Event Description

From 2017 through early 2019, a group of stakeholders coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and led by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) built a ten-year estimate of the savings available from cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in homes, businesses, and other facilities across the state of Minnesota. An overview of what a potential study is, how it was developed, what the results mean, and how it can be used will form the foundation of the first part of this lunch and learn.

After that, a brief discussion of how the potential study is part of the larger policy discussion about the future of energy in Minnesota and will include as an example, a high-level description of how Xcel Energy included the potential study results for electric savings in the integrated resource plan currently pending with the Public Utilities Commission.

Finally, a report is only as good as the actions is inspires. CEE and Xcel Energy will discuss current energy efficiency programs available to residential customers and emerging trends in technology and outreach that are anticipated to reach a larger portion of the potential identified in the study.



11:30am – 12:00pm : Lunch & Networking

12:00pm – 1:00pm : Program



Jon Blaufuss, Center for Energy and Environment

Jon is a program coordinator at Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), where he works with the Director of Program Development to identify new energy efficiency program opportunities and develop pilot programs. He provides project management for a variety of projects, including the Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study that was published in December, 2018. He also works with Xcel's commercial refrigeration program (implemented by CEE) to help increase the program's impact through improving operations and expanding partnerships with contractors, cities, associations, and other organizations that work with the commercial sector.

Jon draws on previous energy industry experience as a consultant involved in a range of projects from municipal cost of service studies to the construction of a utility scale anaerobic digester. He holds a B.A. in economics from Carleton College.

Nick Minderman, Xcel Energy

Nick Minderman is a Policy and Strategy Consultant at Xcel Energy, helping shape the demand-side management programs that will build the efficient cities of our future. Among his key roles are managing evaluation for Xcel Energy’s two largest portfolios in Colorado and Minnesota, advising on the research and analytical aspects of potential and other market studies, and supporting policy-making efforts that will continue to position energy efficiency programs as a resource.

Nick holds a Bachelors of Geological Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Science in Built Environment from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden and a Masters of Community and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.


Continuing Education:

This program is seeking GBCI credits, and AIA LU credits.


Additional Details:

This is a zero-waste event and lunch will be provided.

$10 USGBC Members | $20 Non-members

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We are currently seeking a sponsor for this program. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to Brent Suski: bsuski@usbgc.org.

Thanks to our Lunch and Learn Series Sponsor: MG McGrath

$10 USGBC Members | $20 Non-members