Today marks a new era in how Minneapolis can work on achieving its clean energy goals. With the passage of new franchise agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, and the creation of a City-utility Clean Energy Partnership, Minneapolis is forging a new path to work jointly with the utilities to address one of the greatest challenges we face – climate change.
This would not be possible without the tireless advocacy of members of our community that have kept the issue of our energy future on the forefront. Because of your efforts, we now have a groundbreaking platform to work on ensuring that as our city grows, our impact on the environment doesn’t.
So, what’s next for the Clean Energy Partnership? City and utility staff are already working out important details, such as a two-year work plan and the formation of the Energy Vision Advisory Committee. Our goal is to hit the ground running in early 2015 for the first meeting of the Clean Energy Partnership. As we begin our work, the continued involvement of our community matters and will bring accountability to make sure we reach our goals. Please stay tuned.