To the Editor: 

Minnesota’s energy consumers came out of this year’s legislative session as the beneficiaries of landmark legislation that will help their pocketbooks – and Minnesota’s environment – for years to come. Legislators from both sides of the aisle came together and passed the most significant and advantageous reform to Minnesota’s energy efficiency standards – a cornerstone of the state’s energy policy – since the standards were implemented.

East Central Energy applauds Rep. Nathan Nelson for looking out for consumers and voting in favor of The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act (H.F. 164). This essential legislation modernizes Minnesota’s outdated energy efficiency standards and will help consumers lower their energy bills through money-saving programs, such as water heating and space heating and cooling. Plus, the provisions in the bill encourage the adoption of advancement in technology by expanding the value of load management programs to include electric vehicles, energy storage and time-of-use rates.

I’m proud of the leadership role Minnesota’s electric cooperatives played in working with a broad-based stakeholder group to create legislation that will benefit energy consumers in every corner of the state.  

East Central Energy is particularly excited about the improved benefits we will be able to pass along directly to our member-consumers because of the proactive provisions in the ECO Act. Along with giving electric cooperative’s more flexibility to help their members save money, the legislation provides better tools for reducing carbon emissions.

Please join me in thanking Rep. Nelson and others who helped to pass the ECO Act. Their leadership will translate into real savings for consumers and benefits to the environment. That’s the true definition of a win-win for Minnesotans. 

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