The next phase of Minneapolis’s energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance is just a few months away. By June 1, commercial buildings that are 100,000 square feet and larger will be required to submit their energy use information to the city. Minneapolis was the first city in the Midwest to pass an energy benchmarking and disclosure policy, and has already released a report of findings from its first year.
Minneapolis has begun preparations to help large building owners benchmark their energy use information by June 1. Last week, letters were sent to owners and managers of more than 200 buildings (comprising about 90 million combined square feet). The city is also launching a website and help line, and offering workshops about benchmarking software on April 24 and May 6. (Learn more and register.)
Benchmarking helps building owners compare their energy use to that of other buildings and identify opportunities to save energy and money—an important way to help Minnesota meet its energy goals. A study of 35,000 buildings using the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager—the same tool that Minneapolis has been using—demonstrated that benchmarking alone saved an average of seven percent in energy over three years. The new benchmarking and disclosure ordinance will help Minneapolis meet its goal of reducing city-wide carbon emissions 15 percent by 2015 and 30 percent by 2025 (from a 2006 baseline). From 2009 to 2012, energy efficiency improvements in Minneapolis buildings saved taxpayers more than $6 million in energy costs.
Read more about the upcoming benchmarking and disclosure phase in the City of Minneapolis’s press release.
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