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Summary

While the PSC does not require utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, regulated utilities are required to meet their power needs through least-cost planning, which includes the consideration of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs. North Dakota’s utilities run a limited set of programs in order to meet resource needs, however efficiency program budgets and the associated energy savings have been below the national average.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Customer Energy Efficiency Programs

North Dakota’s utilities run a limited set of energy efficiency programs. Otter Tail Power offers a financing program for energy efficiency improvements as well as rebates. Northern Plains Electric Cooperative also offers residential and commercial energy efficiency loan programs. Xcel energy and a number of municipal utilities offer rebates for energy-efficient appliances.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

There is currently no EERS in place.

For more information on Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, click here.


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August 9, 2013


Alternative Business Models

There is currently no policy in place that decouples utility profits from sales.


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August 9, 2013


Reward Structures for Successful Energy Efficiency Programs
Lost revenue recovery is in place for natural gas, but not for electric.  Xcel Energy has a straight fixed variable approach in place. 

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August 9, 2013


Energy Efficiency as a Resource

There is currently no policy in place that treats energy efficiency as a resource.

The North Dakota PSC has a rule that requires integrated resource planning (IRP). 

For more information on energy efficiency as a resource, click here.


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August 12, 2013


Evaluation, Measurement & Verification

There are no formally approved ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in North Dakota. For more information on Evaluation Measurement and Verification, click here.


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August 20, 2013