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The House passed a bill Monday that would expand Conservation Improvement Program and increase the program’s statewide energy savings goal from 1.5 to 2.5 percent, while also hiking the goal for investor-owned electric utilities to 1.75 percent.

Under the constraint of a pandemic, Minnesota lawmakers are poised to pass significant energy legislation this year after reaching compromises that had escaped Republicans and DFLers in 2019.

Ahead of the May 18 deadline for adjournment, legislators are close to approving a bill that would overhaul Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), which requires utilities to reduce energy consumption each year, in part to encourage a transition to power with less carbon emissions. 

Lawmakers have also reached a deal to spend more

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