CEEM, in partnership with the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE) sought to help educate this traditional viewpoint recently at a tour we hosted with Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) at Cedar Creek Energy in Coon Rapids.
Cedar Creek Energy (CCE) is an 11-year-old company that began operations at the beginning of some of our state’s darkest economic times, when many were unwilling to take big risks. The company has grown into a successful business employing some 30 workers with an emphasis on efficient lighting upgrades as well as solar installations.
The purpose of this visit was to share information with Sen. Hoffman about the impactful energy policy called the Conservation Improvement Program or CIP. This program is hailed as one of the most successful energy policies in our state’s history. From 2008 to 2013, CIP yielded about four dollars in additional benefits for each dollar invested, all while upping productivity at the same time.