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Dakota Electric Association recently presented the U.S. Postal Service with a $100,000 rebate check for installing high-efficiency air conditioning in their new 600,000-square-foot facility in Eagan. The 40 high-efficiency, rooftop units use approximately 18 percent less electricity than standard units.

“We thank Dakota Electric for this rebate for the energy-efficient air conditioners we are using,” Joe Cherrier, manager, maintenance, Twin Cities Network Distribution Center said. “Dakota Electric has helped us build an energy-efficient facility that will save money for many years.”

Commercial and industrial users can save electricity and money by making smart choices on the equipment they purchase. By encouraging businesses to save energy by offering rebates and grants, Dakota Electric helps reduce wholesale power costs and demand charges, which keep energy costs lower.

“Dakota Electric’s rebate program is a win-win for us,” Cherrier said. “We save on our original equipment purchase now and on our energy costs into the future.” The annual power saved by the high-efficiency air conditioning units is similar to the amount of power used by approximately 50 average homes in one year.

Dakota Electric has awarded nearly $700,000 this year to businesses that have made energy-efficient modifications or upgrades in their facilities. Dakota Electric has provided energy rebates and grants for many years, but recently, the Minnesota legislature established law that requires electric companies to meet specific energy conservation goals.

“As a member-owned cooperative, Dakota Electric is pleased to be able to help our members save electricity and money,” Tim Doherty, business account executive, said. “We are always seeking ways to help our members reduce their electric use.”