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REEP Program

Spring is an excellent time to make home improvements!

The CCLEP Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) is a great way to start.

Here, Mike Senty, Cook County's certified home energy auditor, sets up the blower door test. This test depressurizes the home, making it easy to locate air leaks and cold spots. 

REEP is a publicly funded rebate program, specifically for Cook County home owners, businesses and non-profits.

For more information, see the REEP program page.
Going Solar Electric: A Cook County Guide For more information see "Solar" under our Programs link.

We are pleased to announce record attendance for the Building Workshop that was held on February 3, 2016! Thank you to Cook County Extension for co-hosting the event, in conjunction with Arrowhead Cooperative, Buck's Hardware, Cook County Chamber of Commerce, the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA, Cook County Home Center, Cook County Planning and Zoning, Enercept, Grand Marais PUC, InFaith Community Fund, Isak Hanson's, Sawtooth Lumber and Marvin Windows.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is now available in Cook County.

Solar Installation Survey If you own a solar PV system in Cook County, please fill out the Solar Survey.

The Cook CountyLocal EnergyProject (CCLEP) is a nonprofit organization working for energy efficiency and clean, local, renewable energy development in Cook County, Minnesota.

CCLEP Action Plan

  • Engender community conversation about energy issues through public meetings, radio shows, newspaper articles, on-line postings, and a dedicated website. 
  • Build and strengthen a network of interested parties to improve communication about, and increase coordination of, local energy projects.
  • Investigate feasibility of various energy efficiency and renewable energy production options specific to Cook County.
  • Gather, organize, and make available, information about energy issues.
  • Develop and maintain a website to make energy information easy to access and useful to our community.
  • Engage with local units of government to enact policies that enhance local energy efficiency and renewable energy development.
  • Encourage the establishment of a local energy industry by assisting local businesses and non-profits with their energy projects.
  • Develop, maintain and implement a county wide Energy Plan. 

We pursue this goal in order to achieve the following community benefits:
  • Retain energy dollars in our local economy.
  • Create jobs.
  • Improve quality of life through more comfortable, less-costly, energy efficient housing.
  • Buffer our community from unstable energy supply and pricing.
  • Reduce harmful climatic and environmental effects of fossil fuel use.
  • Reduce dependence on foreign oil.
  • Increase local self-reliance.
  • Transfer wealth and power into the hands of local citizens and their local utilities.