I am pleased that the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy have reached tentative agreements that would establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership. This partnership is the result of residents voicing their ideas and concerns to me and members of the City Council about how we can achieve Minneapolis’ energy goals, including increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gases, and building a more equitable energy system. The partnership – along with agreements with both utilities that build in a strong framework for accountability and results – will help Minneapolis make progress toward its goals for sustainable energy, improved air quality, equity, and green jobs. These agreements and the Clean Energy Partnership could be a new model for municipal climate action for other communities across the country. Addressing climate change through making changes to our energy system is a part of running the city well.
You can read more about the tentative agreements here. A public hearing to discuss the tentative agreements is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, in Room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St. The hearing will take place during the City Council’s regularly scheduled Health, Environment & Community Engagement committee meeting.