Schools in MMPA Communities Improve Their Energy Efficiency

January 9, 2017

Agency’s Conservation Improvement Program supports member communities.

Schools in the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) member communities of Arlington and Winthrop are improving their energy efficiency with the support of energy conservation rebates provided by their local utilities.

In 2016, Sibley East High School in Arlington and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (GFW) High School in Winthrop made energy efficiency upgrades to their schools’ lighting systems. The schools replaced old lighting with new, energy-efficient LED lighting. The improvements qualified the schools for lighting retrofit rebates offered by each community’s utility in cooperation with MMPA, the cities’ electric power supplier.

“We are excited to be able to support this project and our local school,” said Liza Donabauer, Arlington City Administrator. “In addition to reducing overall energy use, the lighting upgrades will support reducing energy costs going forward.”

Winthrop City Administrator, Jenny Hazelton, said, “We are glad that the City of Winthrop was able to support this lighting project at GFW High School.”

MMPA offers the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) to its member communities. The program provides a wide range of residential and commercial rebates that provide value to member utilities’ customers. The Agency’s conservation offerings improve efficiency, put money back into member communities, and help support local economic development.