Minnesota Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Network

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The purpose of the Minnesota Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Network (the Network) is to increase energy efficiency and conservation in multifamily buildings (five units or more) in Minnesota by improving and expanding the use and equitable access of available resources.

Project Background

  • Funded by the Energy Foundation, Fresh Energy and Aeon were charged with connecting stakeholders from the energy efficiency and affordable multifamily housing sectors, and exploring strategies for increasing energy efficiency in multifamily housing
  • Developed a core team of convening partners to help shape Advisory Group meetings and direction of the network
  • In the first year, an Advisory Group consisting of 35 members from 26 organizations was convened for initial meetings. Then, from February to July 2015, the Advisory Group met in small groups to tackle specific “Action Areas,” culminating in a fourth meeting to report out and re-align these “Action Areas” over the second year.

Action Areas

  1. Reliable Data Access and Benchmarking: works to promote greater access to building data related to energy efficiency and promote and encourage energy efficiency benchmarking
  2. Better Coordination with Minnesota Housing: works to align utility programs with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency processes and facilitate utility incentives in Minnesota Housing underwriting
  3. Making a Compelling Case for Energy Efficiency to Owners: works to increase building owner demand for efficiency program offerings by identifying compelling messages and success stories
  4. Multifamily Efficiency in Greater Minnesota: works to expand energy efficiency program opportunities in Greater Minnesota by engaging with cooperative and municipal utilities

MMAHEN is also working to engage in conversations with renters in affordable multifamily housing.


Ben Passer, Policy Associate at Fresh Energy

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