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The Minneapolis Building Energy Benchmarking Disclosure Ordinance

Currently in effect, mandates large nonresidential structures to annually document and divulge data regarding energy and water consumption.

Key Provisions

The ordinance necessitates buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet to assess and reveal their energy and water usage utilizing the Portfolio Manager platform and to furnish a compliance report to municipal authorities. Exceptions apply to industrial facilities, newly constructed buildings, unoccupied premises, or those facing financial distress.

Policy Background

Ordinance 47.190, an integral component of the City’s Climate Action Plan, was endorsed by the Minneapolis City Council. Notably, over 44% of the city’s energy benchmarking initiatives are driven by large commercial establishments, aimed at pinpointing avenues for efficiency enhancements. The City aspires to achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Technological Solutions

Through the adoption of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS), the city has significantly enhanced its capacity to manage energy consumption data. This technological advancement facilitates the identification of energy-saving opportunities, streamlines administrative processes, and validates the efficacy of energy efficiency measures.

Impact Assessment

Despite Minneapolis’s pre-existing reputation as an efficiency pioneer, quantifying the precise impact of the ordinance presents challenges. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that several building proprietors had already initiated efficiency-focused investments prior to the ordinance’s implementation.

Compliance Requirements

The mandate encompasses all nonresidential structures exceeding 50,000 square feet in size, along with city-owned buildings surpassing 25,000 square feet.

Submission Deadlines

Annual reporting is mandated by June 1st of each calendar year.

Reporting Procedures

Building owners can utilize the EPA’s Portfolio Manager platform for measuring and reporting purposes.

Penalty Structure

Failure to adhere to the ordinance triggers the issuance of violation notices, potentially resulting in daily fines. For further details on penalty imposition, please contact F&D Partners!

Contact F&D Partners for a consultation on handling your energy compliance nationwide: +1 (917) 754-3588

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