"Race to Reduce" Program Increases St. Paul's Building Energy Savings
On December 3, CEE joined Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, City staff, and other partners at a ceremony to celebrate the success of Energize Saint Paul’s “Race to Reduce” program.
Race to Reduce is a voluntary program for large commercial, multifamily, and public buildings to maximize their energy efficiency with operations- and maintenance-based solutions. The program got off to a great start in 2018, with 120 buildings participating, and 2019 saw that number jump to more than 200.
In addition to the huge increase in participation, the program’s other 2019 accomplishments included recognizing buildings not only for benchmarking but also for demonstrated energy savings, as well as developing and testing a framework for energy management planning with participants.
To participate in the program, a building owner must commit to monitoring their building’s energy and water usage annually — a practice called benchmarking. Businesses then work with the City and its partners to reduce consumption. This year's participants really stepped up their efforts in energy efficiency — 25 buildings received ENERGY STAR® scores of 75 or higher, and 16 buildings reduced energy consumption per square foot by 10% or more (i.e., a 10% or greater reduction in weather-normalized energy use intensity in 2019 versus 2018).
Molly Janis Smith, assistant program manager at CEE, manages Energize Saint Paul in partnership with the City of Saint Paul. Energize Saint Paul’s goal is to position the City as the go-to resource for residents and commercial property owners working to reduce their energy and water usage — making Saint Paul a more resilient, equitable, and innovative city.
CEE’s office in Saint Paul has participated in the program since its inception, and CEE provides technical assistance to program participants on benchmarking and efficiency. Other partners include Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy, District Energy Saint Paul, U.S. Green Building Council – Minnesota, the Saint Paul Port Authority, the Saint Paul Building Trades Alliance, and the Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association.
Press Release: Mayor Melvin Carter recognizes Race to Reduce participants
Saint Paul's Facebook post with pictures