Media: A net-zero strategy for major Minnesota medical center (Midwest Energy News)

Jan 25, 2016

From Midwest Energy News:

Rochester, Minnesota’s new $6 billion Destination Medical Center district should expand existing district energy systems, encourage or require developers to follow state efficiency building requirements and maximize onsite renewable energy, according to a recent report by the Center for Energy and Environment and Ever-Green Energy.

The DMC is perhaps the most ambitious development ever undertaken by a Minnesota city. The multi-billion-dollar plan calls for attracting developers over the next two decades to construct 12 million square feet of offices — about eight times the size of Normandale Lake, the largest business park in the Minnesota — in an effort to create 35,000 to 45,000 jobs...

...“It’s hard to imagine the DMC of the future using the energy system of the past,” said the CEE’s Innovation Exchange Director Jenny Edwards. “The system should use green-energy choices and that should be tangible to visitors and workers at the site. It’s also an obvious thing from a branding and marketing perspective to give deep consideration to.”...

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