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1 An Overview of... Stearns Electric Association Presented by: Dave Gruenes, District Manager

2 Stearns Electric Association Facts Headquarters: Melrose, MN Branch office: St. Joseph, MN

3 Stearns Electric Association Facts Year Founded: 1937 Service Area: 2,000+ square miles Number of Services: 24,841 Number of Employees: 59 full time Number of Substations: 32 Miles of Line: 3,947 total 1,283 underground 2,664 overhead

4 Stearns Electric Association Serving the counties of: Stearns Todd Morrison Kandiyohi Pope Douglas

5 STEARNS COUNTY #1 in MN for the total value or agricultural products sold #1 in the value of livestock, poultry, and their products (specifically dairy) #1 Dairy County, Stearns supplies 15% of the total dairy products produced in MN #1 producer in amounts of oats for grain, corn for silage and forage in MN

6 Wholesale Power Great River Energy Maple Grove, MN 2 nd largest electric utility in the state based on generating capacity. 5 th largest generation and transmission cooperative in the United States. Provides electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives including Stearns Electric Association.

7 Wholesale Power Western Area Power Administration Hydroelectric Power 15 western state region An agency of the U.S. Department of Energy

8 Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) Goals Promote awareness and adoption of energy efficient technologies Help households and businesses reduce their energy costs Defer costly utility infrastructure investments Reduce emissions and conserve resources

9 Minnesota CIP Law Requirements Electric utilities must spend a minimum of 1.5% of revenues. (Xcel must spend 2%) Natural gas utilities must spend a minimum of.5% of annual revenues. At least.2 % of residential revenues must be spent on programs serving low income.

10 CIP Spending Requirement Funds that utilities provide in rebates are funded through the rates paid by ratepayers. Members are encouraged to access and use utility CIP funds since in essence “you are getting back some of the money you’ve paid in”.

11 Why Offer Rebates? 1.State Mandate 2.Helps Co-op Member-Owners Save Money 3.Economic Development Tool By Incentivizing Investment

12 Residential Rebates Residential Rebates for 2012 Quality Install Air Source Heat Pump SEER 13 $330 SEER 14 $480 SEER 15 $580 SEER 16 $630 Quality Install Cycled Central Air Conditioner SEER 13 $30 SEER 14 $180 SEER 15 $280 SEER 16 $330 Ground Source Heat Pump $200 / ton (5 ton max.) New Dual Fuel Rebate (9kW min.) $200 Thermal Storage Space Heating (5kW min.) $200 Cycled Central Air Conditioning ( only) $100 or free installation New Marathon Water Heater $300 ECM Motor $50 Electric Vehicle ChargeWise Up to $500 Ductless ASHP $100 Clothes Washer $25 Dishwasher $25 Refrigerator (new home) $25 Refrigerator (with recycling of old unit) $75 Freezer (with recycling of old unit) $75

13 Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Rebates

14 C&I and Ag Rebates $94, awarded Average rebate $1,081 Largest $21,760 Smallest $44 kWh Savings 1,932,249 annually Total project Costs $717,786 Cost after rebate $623,286 Amount Saved Annually $164,241 19% ROI after rebate 3.8 year payback

15 Carbon Reduction 3, 453, 409 kWh (1.89 lbs. CO2e / kWh) Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 330 passenger vehicles. CO2 emissions from 23.1 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline. CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 210 homes for one year. Carbon sequestered annually by 368 acres of pine or fir forests. CO2 emissions from burning 9 railcars’ worth of coal. Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 581 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.

16 Your Utility as a Resource If you are contemplating making any energy efficiency improvements or purchasing energy efficient equipment, your first call should be to your utility provider.

17 Prescriptive Rebates: Defined dollar amounts for energy savings equipment. Prescriptive rebates are established for ease of use as well as consistency in rebated amounts. Custom Rebates: Intended to encourage projects that best met the unique needs of each qualifying member. Applications would normally include specialized equipment or processes that save electricity and where a rebate is not available through the prescriptive rebate process. Can Equipment Dealers or Contractors help with the rebate process? Most definitely by helping with the following: Promote utility rebates to your customers. Provide supporting material to utility on energy savings. In specialized applications vendor information is critical.

18 EXAMPLE Barn Lighting Retrofit (T-12 to T8 fixtures) Cost of Project $2,324 Rebate $ 800 Cost after rebate $1,524 kWh savings 5,850 Annual Electric savings $468 Payback 3.25 yrs. ROI 30.7%

19 EXAMPLE VFD for 10 HP Milk Pump For a Mid-sized Dairy Cost of Project $6,600 Rebate $ 350 Cost after rebate $6,250 kWh savings 18,153 Annual electric savings $1,633 Payback 3.8years ROI 26.1%

20 EXAMPLE Plate Cooler Dairy (75 cows) Cost of Project $3,412 Rebate $ 750 Cost after rebate $2,662 kWh savings 5,102 Annual electric savings $478 Payback 5.57 years ROI 18%

21 EXAMPLE Plate Cooler Dairy (320 cows) Project Cost $4,291 Rebate $1,500 Cost after rebate $2791 kWh savings 21,715 Annual Energy savings $2,009 Payback 1.39 years ROI 72%

22 EXAMPLE Ag Ventilation (Installation of Variable Frequency Drives) One 15 HP motor Three groups totaling 22 HP motors Four groups totaling13 HP motors Cost of Project $23,135 Rebate $ 4,655 Cost after rebate $18,480 kWh savings 128,413 Annual Electric savings $7,704 Payback 2.4 yrs. ROI 41.6%

23 EXAMPLE Dairy Manure Handling (Sand Flush System) Two 25 HP motors One 15 HP motor One 10 HP motor Cost of Project $28,975 Rebate $2,625 Cost after rebate $26,350 kWh savings 132,355 Annual savings $7941 Payback 3.3 years ROI 30.1%

24 EXAMPLE Automatic Temperature Controls for Hog Farrowing Facility - Two Farrowing rooms Total Heat Lamps 104 Lamp Wattage 125 Operating days/yr. 324 Manual controls – No adjustment in temp 101,088 kWh/yr Auto Controls 85,925 kWh/yr Total Project Cost $2,571 Rebate $ 500 Cost after rebate $2,071 kWh savings 15,163 Annual Savings $618 Payback 3.18 yrs ROI 29.8%

25 EXAMPLE Lighting Retrofit Chicken Grower Barns To CFL Lighting 2,148 – 9 Watt bulbs Cost of Project $13,446 Rebate $ 4,296 Cost after rebate $9,150 kWh savings 274,600 kWh Annual savings $21,968 Payback 5 months ROI 240%

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