E-TAP: Energy Technical Assistance Program
The Energy Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP) supports the implementation of energy cost-savings practices into everyday operations in small businesses located in the City of Minneapolis. Through partnering with local non-profits, E-TAP works with business owners to conduct an energy assessment and implement potential energy cost-savings improvements identified in the assessment. E-TAP is a pilot program of the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP).
The City desires to leverage this program for maximum community benefit to:
- Increase awareness in the business community about the benefits of energy cost-saving practices
- Promote the adoption of energy cost-saving practices as methods to reduce operational costs in businesses
- Bring energy cost-savings resources to low income and racially diverse small businesses
The outreach and technical assistance is targeted at, but not limited to, the following audience:
- Small businesses located in Minneapolis
- Commercial buildings with high utility bills
- Low-income and minority business owners (landlord or tenants)
- Business located in the City of Minneapolis Green Zones
E-TAP services included
Step 1 - Outreach, Assessment and Action Plan: E-TAP consultants coordinate a free energy assessment provided by a utility-funded third-party program to identify areas of improvement. The business owner will receive an assessment report and an action plan to implement recommended opportunities.
Step 2 - Coaching and Action Plan Implementation: E-TAP consultants will work in partnership with the utility-funded third-party energy assessment provider to assist the business owner to find and hire contractors, apply for rebates and grants, line up financing, and take other actions needed to implement the action plan.
Begin receiving services
Minneapolis businesses interested in receiving services can contact the service provider of their choice directly.
E-TAP providers include:
- West Bank Business Association
- West Broadway Business & Area Coalition
- NE Minneapolis Chamber
- Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
- Neighborhood Development Center
Questions or to be referred to a service provider. Please contact Emily Peterson, B-TAP Training Coordinator.
About energy assessments and resources
All businesses in Minneapolis are eligible to participate in energy efficiency programs provided by Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, and various non-profit providers hired by the MN Department of Commerce. These resources include free or low-cost energy assessments and building walkthroughs, rebates for eligible improvements, and more. Most small businesses are unfamiliar with these resources and miss out on many energy cost-saving opportunities. One goal of the E-TAP program is to help more service providers become familiar with these resources so that they can help more small businesses save money by saving energy.
Last updated Jun 11, 2019