Buildings and energy

Minneapolis is leading the way on reducing energy and emissions from buildings


Minneapolis is a leader in building energy efficiency. The American Council for Energy Efficiency ranks Minneapolis 7th in the nation for policies and programs advancing energy efficiency. Minneapolis also ranks in the top 10 cities in the nation for LEED-certified buildings.

Energy use from commercial and residential buildings (primarily from heating and cooling) was the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis in 2010, representing 65% of the total. Minneapolis can achieve the emissions reductions goals established in the Climate Action Plan by making buildings more efficient and increasing solar and wind power. Key initiatives, policies, and proposed policies related to buildings and energy are listed below:

Energy benchmarking and disclosure

In February of 2013, the Minneapolis City Council adopted ordinance 47.190 requiring commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and over and city-owned buildings 25,000 square feet and over to annually benchmark their energy consumption and report this information to the City. The Commercial Benchmarking Ordinance will allow building owners and the City to track energy and water usage year to year to determine opportunities for improvement, recognize high performers, and determine progress towards the City's Climate Action Plan goals.

On February 15th, 2019 the Minneapolis City Council approved three policies to enhance residential energy awareness: multi-family benchmarking, time of rent energy disclosure, and time of sale energy disclosure . This overview document  and this presentation  provide background and descriptions of the policies.  The ordinances are also now available on the City's Legislative Information Management System and the benchmarking rules are available here .

Recent news coverage: Finance & Commerce articleStar Tribune articleSouthwest Journal article.

Energy efficiency programs, tools, and resources that support these policies are described here .

Clean energy partnership (CEP)

The City of Minneapolis is part of a first-of-its-kind agreement between Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy in support of the City’s Climate Action Plan and 2040 Energy Vision. The Clean Energy Partnership will plan, implement, market and track new approaches to delivering energy efficiency, energy choices, and renewable energy to Minneapolis residents and businesses.

The Partnership includes an Energy Vision and Advisory Committee (EVAC), which will review and provide feedback on the work plan and measurement and performance reports, give feedback on special initiatives as requested by the Board, and communicate to members' respective constituencies about EVAC and Board decisions and activities.

Read the first annual Clean Energy Partnership Report  to learn more. 


Learn more about opportunities to install solar on your home or business.

City buildings with sustainable practices

Find more information about municipal buildings using sustainable practices like solar and LEED certification.

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