News Release: Minneapolis Commercial Energy Benchmarking

Apr 13, 2016

From the City of Minneapolis:

Minneapolis making public and commercial building energy use more transparent

New report finds huge potential for energy savings
April 12, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) A new analysis of the energy use of 429 public and commercial buildings in Minneapolis reveals that these buildings have the combined potential to save $24 million on energy costs per year and avoid more than 120,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing their energy efficiency to reduce consumption by 15 percent. The City of Minneapolis’ new report analyzed the 2014 energy use of 258 commercial and 169 public buildings that submitted data to the City as required by the building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinance (building owners had until June 2015 to submit data). The buildings in the report include 96 million square feet of floor space and account for more than 8.2 million mmbtu (million British thermal units) of total energy use, which is approximately the equivalent use of 89,000 households or roughly half of the households in the city.

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CEE is a key partner of Minneapolis, providing technical and outreach expertise for the energy benchmarking ordinance adopted in 2013.