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EventsCNP recently took part in a pair of events designed to promote energy efficiency among Minnesota customers - a booth at a public forum in Apple Valley, Minn., and a panel discussion on energy policy issues for a building management association in the Twin Cities. At the VAN (Vital Aging Network) Forum, (left) people received information about rebates, low- or no-cost energy audits, and energy-saving tips as the area prepares for the winter heating season. CNP’s participation in the forum is part of a larger project in conjunction with the City of Apple Valley called BE (Better Energy) Apple Valley, which helps homeowners reduce energy use and save money.

David Baker, division vice president, Gas Operations in Minnesota, was part of an education and planning committee panel discussion for the Building Owner & Manager Association (BOMA). Al Swintek, manager of local government relations, organized the event to allow CNP, Xcel Energy and Great River Energy to address energy policy issues. “We realize that our commercial and industrial customers represent around 70 percent of our energy efficiency programs in Minnesota,” said Baker. “It makes sense for us, relative to energy audits, conservation improvement programs, and equipment sales and service, to champion efficiencies and help educate BOMA members about natural gas, the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating fuel, and energy-efficient equipment.”