Managing State Energy Conservation Programs: The Minnesota Experience

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Science  14 Nov 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4471, pp. 740-744
DOI: 10.1126/science.210.4471.740


In fiscal year 1980, the Department of Energy awarded grants for state energy conservation programs that totaled more than $400 million; the proposed figure for fiscal year 1981 is almost $600 million. Many states provide additional funds to implement conservation programs. This suggests that state governments play a major role in delivering conservation services to their citizens and are key agents in the nation's conservation efforts. This article discusses the energy conservation activities and responsibilities of one state energy office, the Minnesota Energy Agency, and the obstacles and constraints it faces in delivering its services. Suggestions are presented for resolving these difficulties and for improving the efficiency with which the agency manages its programs.