South Dakota Launches Energy Smart Initiative

December 3, 2007

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the state's energy providers have unveiled South Dakota Energy Smart, a statewide initiative designed to foster the development, implementation, and promotion of energy efficiency programs.

Part of the initiative targets residential energy customers and promotes no-cost ways to save energy, such as turning off lights and turning down thermostats; low-cost measures, such as installing weather stripping around windows; and investments, such as installing high-efficiency water heaters and ENERGY STAR® appliances.

In announcing the initiative, PUC Chairman Dusty Johnson said, "Consumers, energy providers, and regulators all have a responsibility to be reactive and proactive to rising energy costs, take steps toward energy security and independence, and be stewards of the land. This initiative addresses all those things," he said.

South Dakota Energy Smart partners include the PUC, Black Hills Power, MidAmerican Energy Company, Montana-Dakota Utilities, NorthWestern Energy, Otter Tail Power Company, Xcel Energy, Heartland Consumers Power District, Missouri River Energy Services, the South Dakota Municipal Electric Association, and the South Dakota Rural Electric Association. Representatives of each entity signed a formal South Dakota Energy Smart pledge during an announcement event held Nov. 27 in Sioux Falls.

For more information, see the PUC November 27 press release and the South Dakota Energy Smart Web site.

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