March 9, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership a 2016 Climate Leadership Award winner in the Innovative Partnerships category for addressing climate change. The EPA, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry are honoring 13 organizations, three partnerships and one individual in the fifth annual Climate Leadership Awards. Recipients have demonstrated leadership and dedication in reducing the pollution that contributes to climate change. The Innovative Partnerships certificate recognizes organizations working collaboratively on leading-edge climate initiatives.
“Every city needs reliable, affordable energy,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “What we have here in Minneapolis is reliable, affordable energy with awareness that we need to address climate change. On conservation, efficiency, and renewables, the City of Minneapolis has a critical partnership with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. I look forward to continuing the partnership to achieve our emission reduction goals and ensure that we are doing everything we can to make a difference locally while setting an example nationally.”
“Xcel Energy is proud to bring our industry-leading experience reducing carbon emissions, increasing renewable energy use and helping customers become more energy efficient to this innovative partnership with the City of Minneapolis,” said Chris Clark, regional president of Xcel Energy. “We are delighted our groundbreaking collaboration with Minneapolis and CenterPoint Energy is being recognized and we look forward to finding new ways to help the City achieve its clean energy goals.”
“We’re extremely proud to be part of the energy conservation work that is being done collaboratively as part of the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership,” said Brad Tutunjian, vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “We look forward to continuing to work with our energy partners and community leaders to help Minneapolis achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals as outlined in its Climate Action Plan.”
Key actions of the Clean Energy Partnership are outlined in the first two-year work plan
within the planned 10 year partnership.
- Helping 75 percent of Minneapolis homeowners, renters and rental properties participate in efficiency retrofit programs by 2025, ensuring the distribution of participants reflects the distribution of income levels in the city.
- Implementing the Building Energy Disclosure policy for medium and large commercial buildings.
- Promoting the adoption of renewable energy solutions for Minneapolis customers, such as onsite solar, wind, community solar gardens and green tariffs.
- Investigating the feasibility of large-scale renewable energy purchasing for municipal government and/or residents.
- Continuing to shift to LED streetlights.
Partnerships recognized by the award have established objectives to measurably address greenhouse gas reduction goals and/or adaptation and resilience activities. Measurable results will be documented and reported annually following the development of metrics.
Find more information about the 2016 Climate Leadership Award here