Earlier this year, we received a generous planning grant from the McKnight Foundation to explore whether a model exists that can accelerate adoption by small and mid size businesses. While large companies have the resources to explore and ultimately adopt new energy initiatives, small and mid size businesses lack the staff capacity to dedicate to the research and ultimately analysis as to the fit of various programs to their business. And while some energy initiatives recognize this, and "fit" their programs to the business at hand, many such programs are still overwhelmingly nuanced in both policy and expense, working against easy adoption by business owners.
Working with Great Plains Institute, we produced a report called “Clean Energy Programming Opportunities for Small to Medium Businesses.” The report catalogs existing programs, assesses market barriers, identifies logical partners for a Twin Cities wide accelerated adoption programs, builds a model report structure to evaluate the success of such a program, and identifies logical advocacy partners.
It is our sincere hope that another organization will make great use of the information in this report, which will help to greatly reduce the learning curve and increase competency to implement an initiative.
Please, take a look at the report, and consider what your organization’s role can be in accelerating adoption of energy efficiency actions by small and mid size business.