Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)
520 Lafayette Road N St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
612-781-1307

Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)

About the Auditor

The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) employs skilled, retired professionals to provide facility assessments to small businesses, institutions, and communities in Minnesota.

No-cost, non-regulatory energy efficiency and waste reduction assessments are available to Minnesota's small businesses and public and private institutions. Assessments include an on-site visit to your facility from a team of RETAP members with emphasis on finding opportunities to increase energy efficiency and water conservation, reduce waste, and reduce operating costs.

When you have an assessment done, an experienced team of retired professionals will:

  • Analyze your utility bills,
  • Visit your facility, and
  • Send you a written report with high priority changes and estimated financial and environmental savings.

Recommendations may be simple behavior changes, maintenance improvements, or more complicated retrofits. While you are under no obligation to implement the recommendations, a high percentage of surveyed clients do. Average savings from RETAP recommendations implemented in 2012 was over $2,000 per client.

In the past 10 years more than 200 businesses and institutions – including dry cleaners, coffee shops, and fire stations – have benefited from RETAP assessments.

To find out more or to request a free assessment, contact Mike Vennewitz, RETAP Coordinator, at 612-781-1307.

Number of Audits Performed: 
More than 100
Customers Served: 
Commercial
Government
Industrial
Multifamily
Nonprofit
School
Auditor Certifications: 
BPI - Building Performance Institute
LEED AP (Accredited Professional)
REA - Certified Residential Energy Auditor
Other Certifications: 
Energy Audit Thermographer (ITC); Air Balancing and Airflow Diagnostician (NCI); Home Energy Rater (RESNET); Radon Technician (NRPP)
Contact Info
Mike Vennewitz
520 Lafayette Road N St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
Auditor Details
Year Established: 
2001
Providing Audits Since: 
2001
Employees: 
15
Counties Served: 
MN - Aitkin
MN - Anoka
MN - Becker
MN - Beltrami
MN - Benton
MN - Big Stone
MN - Blue Earth
MN - Brown
MN - Carlton
MN - Carver
MN - Cass
MN - Chippewa
MN - Chisago
MN - Clay
MN - Clearwater
MN - Cook
MN - Cottonwood
MN - Crow Wing
MN - Dakota
MN - Dodge
MN - Douglas
MN - Faribault
MN - Fillmore
MN - Freeborn
MN - Goodhue
MN - Grant
MN - Hennepin
MN - Houston
MN - Hubbard
MN - Isanti
MN - Itasca
MN - Jackson
MN - Kanabec
MN - Kandiyohi
MN - Kittson
MN - Koochiching
MN - Lac qui Parle
MN - Lake
MN - Lake of the Woods
MN - Le Sueur
MN - Lincoln
MN - Lyon
MN - Mahnomen
MN - Marshall
MN - Martin
MN - McLeod
MN - Meeker
MN - Mille Lacs
MN - Morrison
MN - Mower
MN - Murray
MN - Nicollet
MN - Nobles
MN - Norman
MN - Olmsted
MN - Otter Tail
MN - Pennington
MN - Pine
MN - Pipestone
MN - Polk
MN - Pope
MN - Ramsey
MN - Red Lake
MN - Redwood
MN - Renville
MN - Rice
MN - Rock
MN - Roseau
MN - Saint Louis
MN - Scott
MN - Sherburne
MN - Sibley
MN - Stearns
MN - Steele
MN - Stevens
MN - Swift
MN - Todd
MN - Traverse
MN - Wabasha
MN - Wadena
MN - Waseca
MN - Washington
MN - Watonwan
MN - Wilkin
MN - Winona
MN - Wright
MN - Yellow Medicine

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