Minneapolis holding public meetings on possible home energy use tracking

Consumers would have energy information before buying or renting

The City of Minneapolis invites members of the public to meetings about possible new policies allowing someone buying a house or moving into an apartment to understand its approximate energy costs.

The City is exploring three possible policies to make residential energy use information transparent to homebuyers and renters: time of sale energy disclosure, multifamily benchmarking and time of lease energy disclosure. These policies are recommended in Minneapolis’ Climate Action Plan. The goals of these policies would be reducing carbon emissions, reducing overall housing costs and ensuring that residents have reliable information about their energy costs when moving into a new home.

Two public meetings are scheduled to discuss the proposed policies; each meeting will address all three proposed policies. People can check here for information on future meetings as they are scheduled.

Public meetings on residential energy disclosure
6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29
Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, Conference Room S1-435
1250 Broadway Ave.

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center, multipurpose room
2315 17th Ave. S.

In February 2013, the Minneapolis City Council adopted ordinance 47.190 requiring commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger and City-owned buildings 25,000 square feet and larger to annually track their energy consumption and report this information to the City. That ordinance allows building owners and the City to track energy and water use from year to year to find opportunities for saving energy, recognize high performers and determine progress toward the City's Climate Action Plan goals.

Published Oct 26, 2018

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