Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 calls for cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 2005 base levels by 2015, 30 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050. Despite reduction efforts, Minnesota missed the 2015 goal and will miss the 2025 goal without additional work.
To support and augment statewide efforts, Minnesota needs its cities, townships, and counties to take targeted action to reduce emissions within their community and drive change at the local and state level.
Minnesota Local Government Project for Energy Planning
Minnesota’s Local Government Project for Energy Planning (LoGoPEP) builds upon existing efforts to engage local governments in committing to actionable strategies for energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions. LoGoPEP will provide communities with planning tools and actual results to measure progress toward their goals. This project is being developed at the Twin Cities metropolitan regional scale with the goal of future replicability and institutionalization throughout the state.
Key activities of this project include:
- Engaging a group of local government partners as key stakeholders in the development of a set of energy planning tools and resources that are differentiated by city type, including:
- Case studies of energy strategies implemented by exemplar cities;
- A wedge diagram tool for energy and greenhouse gas reduction planning with an associated menu of feasible city actions;
- An energy planning guide and workbook for use in the 2040 comprehensive planning process
- A solar energy calculator to help communities understand their available solar energy resources and set solar electricity goals;
- A brief guide on how to incorporate energy and/or climate resilience in a city's request for proposal.
- Providing online public access to the developed energy planning tools
- Convening collaborative workshops and webinars to train cities to use the energy planning tools
- Supporting ongoing energy and emissions tracking through the development and testing of an automated online database for Regional Indicators Initiative data
- Creating an Implementation Model to guide future work using lessons learned throughout the project
By supporting the integration of energy plans into the comprehensive planning process for Twin Cities metropolitan area cities, this project is estimated to result in annual energy savings of 36,132,023 MMBtu by 2040, with the potential to reduce annual GHG emissions by 3,139,102 tonnes by 2040. This is equivalent to eliminating the combined energy impacts of Minnesota’s third and fourth largest cities.
This work is supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE- DE-EE0007229. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The team includes energy planning specialists from LHB, Great Plains Institute, and the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab and Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.
I you have any questions about the project, please contact Maureen Colburn, Project Manager, at Maureen.Colburn@lhbcorp.com.