Energy Efficiency with the ECO Act of 2021 | HF 164

House voted Yes
| May 15, 2021
About this Legislation
Chief Author

The ECO Act of 2021—the Energy Conservation & Optimization Act—is a bipartisan bill authored by Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids) and Sen. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City). ECO builds on the state’s energy efficiency plan, the Conservation Improvement Program. The legislation increases annual energy-savings goals, allows new pathways for efficiency innovation, and raises commitments to energy conservation programs for low-income households. In doing so, the ECO Act contributes to emissions reductions, energy innovation, job creation, and consumer cost savings.


The Energy Conservation & Optimization Act of 2021 was passed by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by Governor Walz.

What a yes means

A “Yes” vote means Minnesota's existing energy efficiency programs would be enhanced to support new technologies and consumer choices while providing more jobs in the energy efficiency sector.

What a no would have meant

A “No” vote means Minnesota's existing energy efficiency programs will not be able to take advantage of the latest efficiency technologies or provide additional opportunities for residential energy efficiency updates.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 88 18 70 0
No = 46 46 0 0
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 0 0 0 0
Votes by Member Name