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’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 provides communities with planning tools and actual results to measure progress toward their goals.
Energy Planning Resources
- A brief guide on how to incorporate energy and/or climate resilience in a city's request for proposals
- An energy planning guide and workbook for use in comprehensive planning and/or energy planning efforts
- An example analysis of energy existing conditions documenting a city’s energy use profile and available energy resources
- Example local government energy goals
- A solar energy calculator to assist in setting solar energy development goals
- A wedge diagram tool for energy and greenhouse gas reduction planning with an associated menu of feasible city actions
Energy Planning Stories
- A city energy planning inventory that identifies Minnesota cities that have committed to clean energy goals and/or policies and are engaged in energy planning and action
- Local energy action case studies for Maplewood, Rochester, St. Louis Park, and Stearns County describing lessons learned that can be used by other local governments
- An annotated list of additional case studies resources for sustainable cities
- A series of blog posts on clean energy planning:
By integrating clean energy into their planning processes, Minnesota cities are setting ambitious goals that have the potential to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8.3 million tonnes by 2040. This is the equivalent of completely eliminating energy emissions from the State's four largest cities and represents a 10% reduction in statewide energy-related greenhouse gas emissions from the 2005 baseline.
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 Maureen.Colburn@lhbcorp.com.