May 29, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Clean Energy Partnership Board approved its first work plan today spanning 2015-2016. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership began in 2015 and has the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy andCenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals. The goals include increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy to lower energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions while making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone.
The board’s work plan is shaped by Minneapolis’ Climate Action Plan and includes strategies to:
- Drive participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by connecting with Minneapolis residents and businesses in innovative ways.
- Reach owners and managers of large commercial buildings with new data access tools and enhanced energy efficiency programs. The partnership between Minneapolis and Xcel Energy to develop these tools won recognition Wednesday from the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- Improve energy efficiency in multi-unit residential buildings through new programs and outreach.
- Explore new options that allow residents and businesses to finance energy efficiency improvements.
- Explore and implement ways for the City to reduce its own energy use and increase its use of clean and renewable energy.
The partnership will also work to identify the best metrics to track progress, such as carbon reduction, participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and the amount of utility rebates provided for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.
The board and the Energy Vision Advisory Committee will both continue meeting through 2015 and 2016 to refine strategy and program details and collect feedback for this first two-year work plan and begin planning for the next.
The City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy launched the Clean Energy Partnership in October. The board members are Chair Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Council Member Kevin Reich and City Coordinator Spencer Cronk for the City of Minneapolis; Vice-Chair Laura McCarten, regional vice president, and Lee Gabler, director of Demand-side Management and Renewable Operations, for Xcel Energy; and Joe Vortherms, vice president of Gas Operations, and Jeff Daugherty, director of Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy. City Council Member Cam Gordon is an alternate for the City of Minneapolis.
More information about the Clean Energy Partnership is available at http://mplscleanenergypartnership.org.