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April 25th, 2016


New! Xcel Energy automatic data transfer tool


'Set it, and forget it.' - just as in the old infomercial, Xcel Energy is making benchmarking your electric usage easier. Once set up, Xcel's Benchmarking Tool is designed to send aggregated, whole-building data directly into Portfolio Manager each month. This free service makes updating electric data convenient and free of typos.

Intrigued?  Find out more on Xcel's Benchmarking Tool website.

Energy efficiency funds available for large commercial buildings


Do you have an energy efficiency project in mind for your building, and you need funds?  

The City of Minneapolis, through its Green Business Cost Sharing Program, is offering up to $10,000 per building to help fund energy efficiency improvements in Minneapolis buildings. Funds, which function like grants, are available for projects such as heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment, lighting, and other energy saving technology upgrades.  

Applications are due by May 20th.

2014 Minneapolis Energy Benchmarking Report is here!

2014 report

Thank YOU to all of the 429 buildings who successfully benchmarked for 2014!  Overall, more than 90% of buildings required to benchmark responded to the request. Facilities managers and owners are uncovering valuable building energy performance information that can help them understand the efficiency of their building and how building performance compares to peers.  

The report shows that a median building of 120,000 sq.ft. joining the Building Energy Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15% could save $52,000 annually in energy costs.  If all buildings joined the challenge, savings could be as high as $24 million across the city. Public buildings meanwhile have shown a 7% drop in total weather-normalized energy use intensity over the last three years.

Reporting deadline is coming June 1st


2015 has come and gone, and now is time to look back to see how buildings used energy.  If you have received your final energy bills through Dec. 31, 2015, you are ready to benchmark for calendar year 2015. 106 buildings have already benchmarked and reported their data.  Could your building be number 107? 

Check out resources that walk you through the benchmarking process. If you have questions, please contact our Helpline: 

Email: mplsenergystar@minneapolismn.gov

Phone: 612.673.3091

Have a score of 75+? Be recognized for your efforts!


Do you have an energy efficient building with a score greater than 75?  The world deserves to know (and you deserve the credit!). Buildings with ENERGY STAR certification typically use 35% less energy, cost $0.54 less per square foot to operate, and have higher rental and occupancy rates.  Buildings with ENERGY STAR score of 75 or above are eligible for certification, and what's more, the City of Minneapolis is offering grants to cover more than 60% of the required site visit for certification.

The City of Minneapolis ENERGY STAR certification grants are limited, click here to learn more!

Environmental Initiative Awards Finalist: Minneapolis Energy Benchmarking Program


Environmental Initiative recently announced the Minneapolis benchmarking program as one of three awards finalists in the Energy and Climate category. The prestigious annual awards recognize Minnesota programs and projects for their positive environmental impacts. We thank the Environmental Initiative for their recognition and most importantly, the building managers and owners for their hard work! For information about the awards and the upcoming ceremony, learn more!

Seward Coop Natural Foods featured nationally


Minneapolis' Seward Co-op was recently featured in ENERGY STAR News: Retail Edition for the co-op's dedication to energy efficiency. The Franklin Ave store has earned ENERGY STAR certification three times, and the company continues to lead in its new LEED gold south Minneapolis store.  The organization has employed smart efficiency strategies such as swapping out CFLs for LED lighting, using lighting timers and photosensors, and using hot water from coolers to pre-warm hot water heaters.

When asked why they pursued ENERGY STAR certification, they said, “ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized value consumers readily identify as an energy saving symbol. It’s another assurance to our owners that we are striving to adhere to our articulated values.”

Case Study: Minneapolis Public Schools


Minneapolis Public Schools district with more than 40 buildings is a large ship to control. With building equipment that often must last well over its expected lifetime, the district designs systems with long term energy efficiency in mind. District facilities managers though have sought make smart investments in lighting, windows, as well as heating and cooling equipment in planning for the long term.  Read more!

Building improvement resources

Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy offer a wide range of programs, rebates, and incentives to help your building improve efficiency and save money.  Keep their websites and telephone numbers handy when exploring any project related to building energy.

Xcel Energy855-839-8862

CenterPoint Energy612-321-4939

Upcoming Events

ENERGY STAR webinars:

General Information

Quick Links

Minneapolis Energy Benchmarking

Portfolio Manager Submission Link 2015


Phone: 612.673.3091


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