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216C.11 ENERGY CONSERVATION INFORMATION CENTER.
The commissioner shall establish an Energy Information Center in the department's offices
in St. Paul. The information center shall maintain a toll-free telephone information service
and disseminate printed materials on energy conservation topics, including but not limited to,
availability of loans and other public and private financing methods for energy conservation
physical improvements, the techniques and materials used to conserve energy in buildings,
including retrofitting or upgrading insulation and installing weatherstripping, the projected prices
and availability of different sources of energy, and alternative sources of energy.
The Energy Information Center shall serve as the official Minnesota Alcohol Fuels
Information Center and shall disseminate information, printed, by the toll-free telephone
information service, or otherwise on the applicability and technology of alcohol fuels.
The information center shall include information on the potential hazards of energy
conservation techniques and improvements in the printed materials disseminated. The
commissioner shall not be liable for damages arising from the installation or operation of
equipment or materials recommended by the information center.
The information center shall use the information collected under section 216C.02,
subdivision 1
, to maintain a central source of information on conservation and other energy-related
programs, including both programs required by law or rule and programs developed and carried
on voluntarily. In particular, the information center shall compile and maintain information on
policies covering disconnections or denials of fuel during cold weather adopted by public utilities
and other fuel suppliers not governed by Minnesota Rules, parts 7820.1500 to 7820.2300,
including the number of households disconnected or denied fuel and the duration of the
disconnections or denials.
History: 1976 c 333 s 4; Ex1979 c 2 s 14; 1980 c 579 s 5; 1981 c 356 s 129,248; 1987 c 312
art 1 s 10 subd 1; 1989 c 338 s 6