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Category Archive: Energy Efficiency

  1. Grand Forks, East Grand Forks Installing Energy Efficient Streetlights

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    The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have plans to install energy-efficient LED streetlights. East Grand Forks is planning to convert all streetlights to LED lights in the next four years at a cost of $200,000 per year. Once the installations are complete, East Grand Forks officials expect their energy bill to be reduced by nearly one-half. Grand Forks is migrating to LED streetlights on a project-by-project basis, and recently installed the new lights near the Grand Forks Library. Read more in the Grand Forks Herald.

  2. Company Aims to Help Clients Lower Their Energy Bills

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    Fargo-based RJ Energy Solutions is aiming to help their clients lower their energy bills. The company has been in business for one year and specializes in providing energy assessments for homeowners and businesses. Owner Russell Schell hopes to expand his business and is focusing on new tools, such as predictive diagnostics, to help home and business owners save money on energy over the long-term. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine.

  3. ND Alliance for Renewable Energy Elects Officers

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    The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has re-elected Kim Christianson, Bismarck, to another term as President.  Ken Hellevang and Warren Enyart were also re-elected to their posts as Vice-President and Secretary, respectively.  In addition to officer elections, NDARE has retained Riverwind Consulting, West Fargo, to provide staffing services for the organization.  Read more on NDARE’s website.


  4. New light bulb alternatives to become standard

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    On January 1, 2014, the final phase of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will come into effect, phasing out traditional 40 and 60–watt light bulbs. Stores will be allowed to continue sales of the traditional bulbs until supplies are depleted. After that time, alternative options such as compact florescent and LED bulbs will become the new standard. New LED light bulbs, on average, cost just over $10.90 each, and are estimated to last up to 13 years each. In comparison, traditional light bulbs cost approximately less than $1.00 each and generally last around nine months. To learn more, see the article in the Grand Forks Herald.

  5. Weatherization becoming good business

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    401(e) Home Energy Service is a new business in Grand Forks that was established to help residents weatherize their homes. The service was originally offered by the Red River Valley Community Action for those in need. As they were out servicing homes in various areas of the community, they had many requests from residents that didn’t qualify for Community Action Assistance. Since forming the for-profit business and training their focus specifically on weatherization, 401(e) has completed 15 assessments, which range from $3,000 to $12,000. They are able to assess efficiency of water heaters and furnaces, and are also able to use infrared cameras to spot air leaks elsewhere in a home. The full article can be found in the Grand Forks Herald.

  6. Natural gas use opportunities continue to grow

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    Natural gas is an abundant resource in North Dakota, and three companies are looking to make that resource more usable by providing equipment to fuel vehicles. GoCH4, MicoLNG, and AmeriFlare have put out a call for submissions, and any company interested in the potential of running vehicles on natural gas is encouraged to submit their information. Submissions are non-binding and due December 31. GoCH4 estimates that it would cost between $200,000 to $300,000 to convert a large diesel engine to natural gas, but that the investments could be recovered very quickly. The cost of a gallon of natural gas is typically between $1.90 to $2.50 per gallon. Learn more from the Bismarck Tribune.