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March 8th Energy Fair features free RETAP services

The first step in considering a clean energy project is an energy audit!  Information about the services provided by Minnesota RETAP staff will be presented at the March 8th Plainview Energy Fair.   The Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Plainview City Hall and is open to staff from all area businesses, units of government and community institutions.

RETAP─Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)─ draws on the skills of retired engineers, scientists, managers, planners, and other professionals who have experience in numerous fields ranging from lighting to HVAC, and engineering to storm water management.

RETAP staff provide facility assessments and community sustainability assistance to small businesses, institutions, and communities in Minnesota.

The Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) Free Energy Audits presentation will be made by Chris Meyer, the Southeast CERT Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

RETAP facility assessments are no-cost, non-regulatory energy efficiency and waste reduction audits, which are available to Minnesota’s small businesses and public and private institutions. These assessments include an on-site visit to the facility from a team of RETAP members.  Their goals are to increase the operation’s energy efficiency and water conservation, and to reduce waste and lower operating costs.

After visiting the facility and analyzing its utility bills, the RETAP team will give the owner a written report that outlines high priority changes and provides estimated financial and environmental savings.

RETAP clients are under no obligation to implement the recommendations, but a high percentage of surveyed clients do make changes.  Average savings from RETAP recommendations implemented in 2012 was over $2,000 per client.

Another free service RETAP provides is community sustainability assistance.  Through RETAP, Minnesota cities and counties can receive recommendations on how to become more sustainable and how to reduce their “carbon footprints”─the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment.  Skilled consultants will work on either long- or short-term assignments that are cooperatively defined by the client, which typically is the city or county government.

This Plainview Energy Fair is free and open to staff from all area businesses, local government units and community institutions.  For more information, or to register, please contact the Plainview EDA at (507) 421-6564 or email  You may also register via Eventbrite

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