Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership

In October 2014 the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy, and CenterPoint Energy signed the Clean Energy Agreement, establishing the first city-utility Clean Energy Partnership in the nation. Prior to this time, the existing utility franchise agreement was nearing expiration and the City was seeking how to most effectively achieve the carbon and energy goals outlined in the City’s Climate Action Plan.

The City contracted with a team lead by the Center for Energy and Environment to evaluate options for the City going forward. That project culminated in the Minneapolis Energy Pathways Study, and recommended the formation of the Clean Energy Partnership,  a completely new approach for achieving energy goals at the local level. (For additional background, read our post “Minneapolis Energy Pathways: A Framework for Local Energy Action”). The City then hired CEE to help negotiate the agreements to establish the Partnership.


Since October, the City of Minneapolis and both utilities have been highly engaged in Partnership strategic planning. Most recently the City, Xcel Energy, and CenterPoint Energy facilitated the creation of the Energy Vision Advisory Committee (EVAC) to provide community feedback to the Board. More information 
 

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Panelists

Brendon Slotterback
Sustainability Program Coordinator | City of Minneapolis 


Brendon is a planner, analyst and sustainability expert who has worked in the planning and policy analysis field since 2005.  Since 2011, Brendon’s work has largely focused on climate mitigation, adaptation, public participation, and sustainability metrics.  Brendon is the lead staff on the City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership to help achieve Minneapolis’ climate goals. Brendon also led the process to update the City’s climate mitigation plan, which identifies a roadmap for meeting community emissions reduction targets.  Brendon served as the lead staff on the development of a commercial building benchmarking and disclosure ordinance and served on the steering committee for the development of ICLEI USA’s first community greenhouse gas inventory protocol, a new standard for US emissions inventories.


Bridget McLaughlin Dockter
Xcel Energy | Manager of Policy and Outreach


Bridget has been in the energy industry for over 15 years.  She re-joined Xcel Energy last summer as their Manager of Policy and Outreach where her primary responsibility is managing the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership. Bridget’s career at Xcel Energy also includes her work as a Senior Regulatory Analyst. In that role she helped lead the Demand Side Management (DSM) regulatory process in MN, SD and ND.  She developed and planned both large and small scale DSM Plans in MN, ND, SD, NM, CO, and WY.  

Between her two stints at Xcel Energy, Bridget worked for a non-profit environmental organization in Minneapolis called the Center for Energy & Environment (CEE), managing their Client & Government Affairs. Her experience includes work with investor owned utilities, municipal and cooperative utilities, regulators, environmental organizations and intervenors on projects and regulatory proceedings as well as business development. 

Nick Mark
CenterPoint Energy | Manager for Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy

 

Nick is the Manager for Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy at CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility. He has regulatory responsibility for the company’s Conservation Improvement Program, one of the foremost natural gas energy efficiency programs in the country. His activities include setting strategic and policy priorities for the program, ensuring the program complies with state requirements, and leading the development and submission of program plans and annual status reports. Nick represents CenterPoint Energy on policy matters related to conservation and renewable energy in Minnesota, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.  


Jamez Staples
Energy Vision Advisory Committee, Co-Chair | Renewable Energy Partners

 

Jamez is an urban environmentalist and a North Minneapolis resident. He is President of Renewable Energy Partners: a certified minority-owned solar installation and development company. The business focuses on creating opportunities for communities of color to participate in the development of the green infrastructure and implements training programs. They adhere to an equitable approach to the renewable energy industry.

Jamez is a 2014–2015 Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute Fellow and actively participates with the African American Leadership Forum on the Economic Development Committee, where he was chosen to be part of the Dr. Josie R Johnson Leadership Academy for 2015. He was also awarded the MN Social Impact Center Change Maker Award for 2015. Jamez also sits on the board of Cooperative Energy Futures: a local member co-op with a mission to make clean energy affordable to low-income communities.