Minneapolis defines vision for its energy future

A new energy vision details what the City of Minneapolis wants from a sustainable, 21st century energy system. The vision, part of a larger energy pathways study, is based on existing City plans, policies, actions and programs – particularly the Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Development and the Climate Action Plan. The energy vision identifies Minneapolis’ long-term energy goals that will guide the remainder of the pathways study and may guide future decision-making about Minneapolis' energy system.

The vision states that: In 2040, Minneapolis’ energy system will provide reliable, affordable, local and clean energy services for Minneapolis homes, businesses and institutions. It will sustain the city’s economy and environment and contribute to a more socially just community. These goals address greenhouse gas pollution, use and ownership of renewable energy, energy efficiency, reliability, affordability, and access to energy use information.

The Minneapolis City Council selected the Center for Energy and Environment to draft the energy vision. The consultant’s work will continue with a report that explores the various paths the City could take to achieve its energy vision. The final report will be completed in early 2014.

This action comes as the City prepares to enter into energy franchise negotiations with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. For more information on the Energy Vision and Energy Pathways Study, go to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/energyfranchise/WCMS1P-113782.

For more information on energy utility franchise agreements, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/energyfranchise.

Published Sep. 24, 2013