Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency
In Minneapolis, large commercial buildings make up almost 50% of the city's energy use. This provides a tremendous opportunity for identifying areas with the largest potential for energy savings. In February of 2013, the Minneapolis City Council adopted ordinance 47.190 requiring commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and over and city-owned buildings 25,000 square feet and over to annually benchmark their energy consumption and report this information to the City. This ordinance will allow building owners and the City to track energy and water usage year to year to determine opportunities for improvement, recognize high performers, and determine progress towards the City's Climate Action Plan goals.
NEXT COMPLIANCE DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
All commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger are required to report their annual energy and water benchmarking results to the City through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager program.
How to Comply
Requirements: Is your large commercial building required to comply the City's energy benchmarking ordinance? To find out, view the list of properties required to comply. The list includes your Minneapolis Building ID, Minneapolis Property ID and Building Area information. For questions about the ordinance or the notification you received from the City, contact Minneapolis Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-673-3091.
Help: Need assistance? Step-by-step instructions and Helpline information are available from the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) at http://benchmarking.mncee.org/.
Extensions: To request an extension or exemption for reporting 2015 energy data fill out the Extension/Exemption form (pdf)(word). Return the form to Environmental Services at MPLSEnergyStar@minneapolismn.gov . In order for an exemption or extension to be granted, you also need to connect to the City of Minneapolis in Portfolio Manager. Search for MPLSBENCHMARK and sending a connection request.
Submit: Click this link, which will ask you to log into Portfolio Manager if you are not already, and follow the prompts to submit your data to the City.
Results: How is your building performing? See the results page here.
Minneapolis Energy News: Subscribe to quarterly updates on energy efficiency happenings for large commercial buildings.
Resources for Building Owners and Managers
The phase-in of benchmarking for City-owned and private commercial buildings is now complete. Going forward, the followin timeline will be used for compliance, reporting, and publication annually.
Benchmarking reports due
Benchmarking reports for the previous calendar year must be submitted via Portfolio Manager to the City.
Buildings must have applied for and received extension 1 by this date.
Violation notices for non-compliant buildings are sent shortly after.
End of extension 1
Violation amount due
Benchmarking reports for buildings with an extension are due.
Buildings must have applied for and received extension 2 by this date.
Benchmarking reports for buildings receiving a violation notice are due along with a $200 citation.
End of extension 2
Annual report data cut-off
Citation 1 due
Benchmarking reports for buildings with a second extension are due.
Benchmarking data from compliant reports by this date will be included in the annual report.
Benchmarking reports for buildings receiving a Citatation 1 are due along with a $400 citation and any previous citations.
Benchmarking data publication
A summary subset of benchmarking data is published on Minneapolis PropertyInfo and in a list on this website.
Citation 2 due
Benchmarking reports for buildings receiving a Citatation 2 are due along with a $800 citation and any previous citations.
Annual report publication
An annual report summarizing and analyzing the benchmarking data will be published on this website.
Citation 3 due
Benchmarking reports for buildings receiving a Citatation 3 are due along with a $1600 citation and any previous citations.
Citation 4 due
Benchmarking reports for buildings receiving a Citatation 4 are due along with a $2000 citation and any previous citations.
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Last updated Jun 28, 2016