Energy Planning

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:


Watch the LoGoPEP Webinar: "Tools for Local Government Energy Champions".


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LoGoPEP Status

LoGoPEP began in January 2016 and is funded through 2018. The LoGoPEP team is currently developing the energy planning tools. By Fall of 2017, the tools will be made publicly available and training sessions will be offered to help local governments integrate energy planning into their comprehensive plans.

As the tools are being developed in conjunction with work being started on comprehensive plans, local governments are encouraged to include an energy planning component as they define the scope and schedule of their planning efforts.


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. Additional financial support is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Metropolitan Council.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Maureen Colburn, Project Manager, at