At its June 3, 2016 meeting the Clean Energy Partnership Board released the inaugural Clean Energy Partnership Annual Report on its groundbreaking clean energy initiative. The report highlights the group’s efforts in creating the partnership structure, establishing the first two-year work plan and adopting baseline metrics measuring progress in the partnership’s first year. It also creates a more complete picture of the city’s greenhouse gas profile related to buildings and energy production, consumption and savings opportunities. Measurable results will be documented and reported annually.
First year highlights
- The first year focused on creating the Energy Vision Advisory Committee, establishing partnership procedure and structure, developing a work plan and putting metrics into place. The partnership also began some coordinated outreach promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy options for Minneapolis businesses and residents.
- In 2015 Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy spent more than $1 million combined to help low-income customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes and leveraged nearly $1 million more in federal support for residential weatherization programs. In addition the City of Minneapolis bought down the cost of Home Energy Squad visits to income-qualified residents. Home Energy Squad assesses a home’s energy efficiency, makes some energy efficiency improvements and makes custom recommendations for more intensive energy efficiency improvements.
- There were 40 percent more rooftop solar installations in the city in 2015 than 2014 (92 in 2015 compared to 56 in 2014).
- The partnership began working together on energy efficiency program innovations in single family and multi-family housing.
- The partnership worked together to promote Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy’s joint Home Energy Squad, visits to customers’ homes to improve their energy efficiency. The promotions resulted in a 68 percent increase in visits from 2014 to 2015 (1,198 visits in 2015 compared to 731 in 2014).
Actions of the Clean Energy Partnership are outlined in the first two-year work plan.
The partnership has been recognized nationally as an innovative model between cities and utilities. The American Council for Energy Efficient Economy ranked Minneapolis No. 7 for most energy efficient U.S. cities and one of the most improved. The White House recognized Minneapolis as one of 16 Climate Action Champion communities citing its Climate Action Plan and partnership with the two utilities, Xcel Energy and Center Point Energy.
This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership, the Clean Energy Partnership began in 2015 and has the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve clean energy goals in the City’s 2013 Climate Action Plan and Energy Vision for 2040. The partnership helps utility customers reach their energy conservation goals as the City works to achieve 80 percent greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2050.