City adopts framework for energy goals

The City Council has approved a substitute resolution adopting a framework for reaching City of Minneapolis energy goals. The resolution directs staff to start negotiating with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy for the electrical and natural gas franchise agreements, adopts a framework for reaching City energy goals, and commits to continuing to act for reforms at the state level.

The council decided not to set a special election on the question of whether the City shall be authorized to establish a municipal utility.

This action comes as the City prepares to enter into energy franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. State law currently limits Minneapolis’ authority over utilities in franchise agreements; however, the City is seeking legislative changes to allow negotiations with Xcel and CenterPoint to explore how Minneapolis could make progress toward its goals for sustainable energy, improved air quality, equity and green jobs.

For more information on energy utility franchise agreements, go to


Published Aug 16, 2013