Midwest Energy News

Minneapolis is poised to become the first city in the Midwest to adopt an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings.

The City Council’s energy and environment committee unanimously passed a proposal Monday (video) to require large commercial building owners to annually measure and report energy consumption data.

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the ordinance, said it’s about using market forces to capitalize on the “untapped potential” of commercial building energy savings.

It’s also designed to promote green job growth. Brendon Slotterback, the city’s sustainability program coordinator, said energy service companies in cities with similar ordinances have seen up to 30 percent increases in activity as building owners sought to improve their scores.

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