In Minneapolis, large buildings make up almost 50% of the City's energy use. This provides a tremendous opportunity for identifying areas with the largest potential for energy savings.
The Energy Benchmarking program allows building owners and the City to track energy and water usage year to year to:
- Determine opportunities for improvement
- Recognize high performers
- Determine progress towards the City's Climate Action Plan goals
- In February 2013, the Minneapolis City Council adopted ordinance 47.190:
- It required commercial buildings with 50,000 or more square feet and City-owned buildings with 25,000 or more square feet to annually benchmark their energy consumption and report it to the City.
- Read Minneapolis ordinance 47.190
- In February 2019, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an expansion to the City's Commercial Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency ordinance. The expansion includes:
- Multifamily residential buildings of 50,000 or more square feet.
- An energy evaulation requirement for all buildings participating in the energy benchmarking program.
For all properties, the compliance deadline is June 1.
Properties that must comply
See how your building is performing
Non-compliant buildings will receive a warning (violation notice) after the June 1 deadline. Excluding buildings with approved exemptions, buildings will be considered non-compliant if they have either:
- No submission of annual benchmarking data
- An incomplete submission of annual benchmarking data
If building owners do not take action to resolve the violation by the end of the period marked on the violation notice:
- The City will issue citations.
- Up to four citations may be issued, and fines will double with each subsequent citation.
Extensions and exemptions
To make a request:
We may grant up to two extensions.
For assistance, contact the Energy Benchmarking program.
Submit energy benchmarking data
To start the energy benchmarking process, follow the step-by-step How to Benchmark Guide :
- Set up an account for your building in Energy Star Portfolio Manager
- Manually enter electricity and natural gas consumption data or connect to get an automatic data transfer from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to the Energy Star account. Get your water consumption data, and manually enter it in your Energy Star account.
- Submit data by responding to the 2020 Data Request.
Read the How to Respond to Data Requests Guide