Media: Energy disclosure ordinances near passage (Southwest Journal)

Feb 12, 2019

From Southwest Journal: 

The Minneapolis City Council appears set to pass a pair of ordinances that would mandate the disclosure of utility costs to prospective apartment renters and efficiency information to prospective home buyers.

The council will vote Feb. 15 on the proposed ordinances, which would go into effect in 2020 and 2021, respectively. A second component of the apartment proposal would require the owners of large multi-family buildings to report energy use and emissions data to the city.

The vote comes as the council continues to work toward its goal of reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050, using 2006 levels as a baseline...

..“This is more or less an opportunity to help a buyer improve a home … and at the same time help the city meet its climate goals,” said Chris Duffrin, president of the non-profit Center for Energy and Environment, which helped the city develop the ordinances...

...The collection of the additional energy information would take approximately 15 minutes, according to Duffrin. The city would not require the homeowners or homebuyers to make any improvements as part of the policy. But it is offering interest-free financing for upgrades, and utility companies have rebate programs available to those homeowners who do wish to make changes.

Duffrin said that approximately 70 percent of Minneapolis homes do not have adequate insulation, which helps keep homes comfortable in both the summer and winter. He said Minneapolis homebuyers should have that information, especially given the city’s cold winter climate...

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