State and Local Policy Database


State Scorecard Rank



32.5Scored out of 50Updated 10/2019
State Government
Score: 5 out of 6
State Government Summary List All

Minnesota offers multiple loan programs for energy efficiency investments as well as PACE financing. The state government leads by example by requiring energy-efficient public buildings and fleets, benchmarking energy use, and encouraging the use of energy savings performance contracts. Researched focused on energy efficiency takes place at several institutions in the state.

Financial Incentives List All

Financial incentive information for Minnesota is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Minnesotaand State Energy Office contacts. Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here. In addition to the state-funded incentives on DSIRE and below, Minnesota has enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and has several active programs, including a statewide program. For additional information on PACE, visit PACENation.

Energy Savings Fund for NonprofitsThis program offers up to $100,000 loans at 3.9% interest to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Additionally, commercial properties owned or occupied by a nonprofit seeking lighting improvements through the One-Stop Efficiency Stop are eligible for up to $25,000 at 0% interest.

Rev It Up Program: The Community Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Loan Program, also known as the “Rev It Up” Program, is a revolving loan program that allows up to $100 million in revenue bonds to be issued for low-cost loans to local units of government, industrial and commercial businesses, or healthcare facilities seeking to finance energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. This program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Public Entity Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Revolving Loan Fund Program: The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers a revolving loan fund to help Minnesota public entities pay for the cost of an energy audit or a renewable energy project feasibility study.

Energy Savings Partnership ProgramA statewide revolving loan program administered by the Saint Paul Port Authority that leverages Minnesota Department of Commerce funds to provide low-cost loans to local units of government and schools that pursue cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Green Business Loan Program: This revolving loan program provides low-interest loans to Minnesota businesses seeking financing to install energy retrofits. Loan amounts range from $20,000—$300,000 and funded though the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Last Updated: July 2018

Carbon Pricing PoliciesList All

The State of Minnesota does not yet have carbon pricing policies in place.

The Department of Commerce publishes an annual report on the energy savings and estimated carbon dioxide reductions achieved by energy conservation improvement programs for the two most recent years for which data is available. The historical reports can be accessed here.

Last Updated: July 2020

Building Energy Disclosure List All

There is no disclosure policy in place.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Public Building Requirements List All

Executive Order 05-16 (2005) required state-owned buildings to reduce energy usage by 10% in 2006 and mandated the use of specific energy conservation measures to help the state meet its target. It also required the incorporation of Minnesota Sustainable Guidelines for new construction and the adoption of "prudent energy" procurement strategies.

In May 2008 Minnesota adopted "Sustainable Building 2030" standards designed to achieve energy consumption reductions of 60% in 2010 (2003 baseline), increasing 10% every five years towards an ultimate target of 90% in 2025. Beginning on July 1, 2010 all Minnesota State bonded projects — new and substantially renovated — that had not already started the Schematic Design Phase on August 1, 2009 were required to meet the Minnesota SB 2030 energy standards.

On April 4, 2019, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 19-25, rescinding Executive Order 11-12, which called for a 20% reduction in energy use in state facilities and required the use of the B3 Energy Benchmarking website to track the success of these efforts. In state-owned buildings, agencies must adopt cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies to achieve no less than an aggregate 30% reduction in energy use per square foot by 2027 from a 2017 adjusted baseline, and by pursuing renewable energy strategies that ensure state agencies collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025 from a 2005 calculated baseline.

Currently, the B3 Benchmarking program contains over 7,500 public buildings with over 300 million square feet in its database, representing 22 state agencies, 410 cities, 55 counties, 60 higher education campuses, and 214 school districts.

Last Updated: July 2020

Fleets List All

Minnesota Statutes requires the state to reduce the use of gasoline by on-road vehicles owned by state departments by 25 percent by 2010 and by 50 percent by 2015, and the use of petroleum-based diesel fuel in diesel-fueled vehicles by ten percent by 2010 and 25 percent by 2015, using 2005 as a baseline. Per Executive Order 11-13, Minnesota’s state agency fleet now references the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide for fuel economy and energy efficiency and requires an agency procuring a vehicle to choose one with a score of 7 or greater for leased vehicles.

Executive Order 17-12 includes updated sustainability goals that state cabinet agencies shall follow to improve their operational practices, including Reduced Fleet Fossil Fuel Consumption that specifies a 30% reduction of State Fleet consumption of fossil fuels by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.

Last Updated: July 2020

Energy Savings Performance Contracting List All

In 2011, the state established the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP), within the Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. GESP provides technical, contractual, and financial assistance to state agencies, local government units, school districts, and institutions of higher learning that elect to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through Guaranteed Energy Savings Contracts. GESP offers a list of pre-qualified contractors and model contracts. All projects implemented by state facilities must use the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program. Municipals and schools are not required to use GESP, but if they do, they receive Commerce’s technical assistance.

In April 2019, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 19-25 which calls upon state agencies with state-owned buildings to adopt cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies to achieve no less than an aggregate 30 percent reduction in energy use per square foot by 2027 from a 2017 adjusted baseline, and by pursuing renewable energy strategies that ensure state agencies collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025 from a 2005 calculated baseline. EO 19-25 calls for Commerce to evaluate agency asset preservation lists and the state general obligation bond fund requests for GESP suitability; for state agencies to identify and implement best management practices and cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements utilizing any financing mechanism that may be appropriate; for Commerce to work in partnership with state and local government and energy service companies to advance state and local government and school district utilization of energy saving performance contacting; and for Commerce to offer technical assistance for state agencies and local government and school districts that elect to implement energy-saving and renewable energy improvements.

Last Reviewed: July 2020

Research & Development List All

To help achieve the State Energy Conservation Goal on a sustained basis, the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 (the Act) created a Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant Program funded through utility assessments. With a $3.6 million annual budget and over $25.5 million in funded R&D since its establishment, the CARD Program is designed to identify new technologies or strategies to maximize energy savings, improve the effectiveness of energy conservation programs, and document the carbon dioxide reductions from energy conservation projects. The CARD program currently has a portfolio of approximately 90 R&D projects that have leveraged over $6.3 million in matching funds from grantees. 

The Center of Diesel Research at the University of Minnesota focuses on the energy-efficiency and environmental impact of internal combustion engines. The Center for Energy and Environment’s Innovation Exchange is a hub for researching, synthesizing and pioneering energy efficiency solutions.   

The Center for Energy and Environment is a hub for independent research, analysis and pioneering energy efficiency solutions.  

The Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota leads and supports the transformation of the regional built environment to provide for the ecological, economic, and social needs of the present without compromising those of the future. Research areas include guiding and rating systems, housing, life cycle assessment, windows and glazing, design for community resilience, and building evaluation.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Score: 6 out of 8
Buildings Summary List All

Minnesota currently has the 2012 IECC in effect for both residential and commercial codes. The state offers code training and outreach, and has completed a compliance study.

Residential Codes List All

Minnesota's residential building code is mandatory statewide. The IECC 2012 was adopted in August 2014 and went into effect February 2015.

Last Updated: July 2019

Commercial Code List All

Minnesota's commercial building code is mandatory statewide. The commercial energy code is consistent with ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 and /or the 2012 IECC. It went into effect June 2, 2015.

Last Updated: July 2019

Compliance List All
  • Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: Minnesota completed a gap analysis in October 2014 with the Building Code Assistance Project.
  • Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: In September 2013, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry submitted a code compliance study to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The study estimated the weighted average of residential building compliance with provisions of the 2009 IECC at about 76.8% and commercial building compliance at 91.8%. As of 2016, the Minnesota Center for Energy Environment is conducting a commercial code compliance study. This study is funded by CARD, the State’s R&D program that is funded through utility assessments. In early 2018, the State commissioned residential and commercial code compliance studies that are now underway.
  • Utility Involvement: Utilities have been active participants in an ongoing commercial code compliance study led by the Minnesota Center for Energy & Environment. Utilities have provided input and assistance in determining study design and identifying areas of the code where compliance issues may exist.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group: The Minnesota Energy Code Compliance Collaborative is facilitated in large part by Fresh Energy.
  • Training/Outreach: Minnesota is currently funding a pilot program, funded through the CARD program, to help develop training and outreach for building officials to meet the new codes. Center for Energy and Environment is currently developing and administering this pilot program. 

Last Updated: July 2019

Score: 1.5 out of 3
CHP Summary List All

Minnesota has an interconnection standard that applies to CHP and stakeholders have recently completed a strategic process to encourage CHP deployment. No new CHP systems were installed in Minnesota in 2018.

Interconnection StandardsList All

The Minnesota Public Service Commission initiated a new docket to update its interconnection standards in June 2016. The Commission will re-examine the Minnesota Standards for Interconnection of Distributed Generation that were established in September 2004 in Docket E-999/CI-01-1023. On March 8, 2017, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) established a Distributed Generation Workgroup (DG Workgroup) to address updates and revisions to the Minnesota Standards for Interconnection of Distributed Generation established in Docket No. E999/CI-01-1023. The DG Workgroup has held four in-person meetings as well as a number of webinars to discuss possible revisions.  The existing standards delineate uniform procedures applicable to all investor-owned utilities, apply to systems up to 10 MW in size, and include CHP systems. Several aspects of the review process are different depending on the size of system. 

Last Updated: July 2018

Encouraging CHP as a ResourceList All

CHP in energy efficiency standards: The Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA), passed in 2007, established energy-savings goals through the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), for electric and natural gas investor-owned utilities in Minnesota. H.F. 729, passed in 2013, modified the definition of “energy conservation improvement” in Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 216B.241 to include topping cycle CHP. More information is available here.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Deployment IncentivesList All

Net metering:  Minnesota's net-metering law, enacted in 1983, applies to all investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. All "qualifying facilities" less than 40 kilowatts (kW) in capacity under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA) are eligible. There is no limit on statewide capacity. Each utility must compensate customers for customer net excess generation (NEG) at the "average retail utility energy rate," defined as "the total annual class revenue from sales of electricity minus the annual revenue resulting from fixed charges, divided by the annual class kilowatt-hour sales." This rate is basically the same as a utility's retail rate.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Additional Supportive PoliciesList All

There are currently some additional supportive policies to encourage renewable-fueled CHP.

With support from the U.S. DOE State Energy Program in 2013, Minnesota conducted a significant stakeholder engagement process that resulted in the development of a CHP Action Plan to help policy makers, utilities, industries, and trade allies increase implementation of CHP in the state. In 2016, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) published a case study documenting Minnesota's experience that can serve as a model for other states. 

Last Updated: July 2018

Score: 14.5 out of 20
Utilities Summary List All

Minnesota has a long record of customer energy efficiency programs offered by both investor-owned and publicly-owned utilities. Minnesota has achieved significant savings from these programs, which have been in place in various forms for well over two decades. These programs and efforts have remained steadfast in Minnesota without any of the interruption or upheavals that occurred in other states that restructured their electric utility industries.

In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 (Minnesota Statutes 2008 § 216B.241). Among its provisions, the Act sets energy-saving goals for utilities of 1.5% of retail sales each year, thereby establishing an EERS. This act also directed the Public Utilities Commission to allow one or more rate-regulated utilities to participate in a pilot program (of up to 3 years) to assess the merits of a rate-decoupling strategy. The Commission continues to examine decoupling and has established criteria and standards to be used when considering proposals from utilities. Minnesota allows utilities to earn performance incentives for energy efficiency programs. Minnesota’s regulated utilities are required to file integrated resource plans with the Public Utilities Commission. The plans identify the potential resources the utilities intend to use to meet consumer needs in future years, including significant energy efficiency and conservation savings.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Customer Energy Efficiency Programs List All

Minnesota's investor-owned utilities and publicly-owned utilities offer a broad portfolio of customer energy efficiency programs. The programs have benefited from long records of consistent, strong support, allowing them to evolve and improve over many years.

In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 (Minnesota Statutes 2008 § 216B.241). Among its provisions, the Act sets energy-saving goals for utilities of 1.5% of retail sales each year. Regulated utilities recover the cost of energy efficiency programs through rate cases, which include consideration of program costs and incentives. Program plans are made and approved on a 3-year cycle for investor-owned utilities and a 1-year cycle for electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Approved CIP expenses are trued up annually.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Last reviewed: July 2019

Energy Efficiency as a Resource List All

Through Minnesota’s long-running Conservation Improvement Program, electric and natural gas utilities operating in Minnesota are required to invest a portion of their state revenues in projects designed to reduce their customers' consumption of electricity and natural gas and to improve efficiency.

Minnesota’s regulated utilities are required to file integrated resource plans with the Public Utilities Commission. The plans identify the potential resources the utilities intend to use to meet consumer needs in future years. The plans include significant energy efficiency and conservation savings.

Minnesota continues to take actions to support energy efficiency as a resource. On May 19, 2010, the Minnesota 2009 Energy Policy Act was signed into law as Chapter 110. This was the outcome of the Omnibus Energy Policy Bill from the 2009 legislative session. The PUC summarized the energy efficiency section of the statute: Modifies the criteria the PUC can consider in setting incentives for energy conservation. Adds language that makes implementation of cost-effective conservation “a preferred choice” while taking into account the impact of conservation on earnings.

In addition, Article 12, Sec. 2 and 3 of H.F. 729, passed in 2013, explicitly declared energy efficiency a resource and clarified that the state energy policy goal of saving 1.5% of retail energy sales annually is a floor, not a ceiling.

Last reviewed: July 2019

Energy Efficiency Resource Standards List All

Summary: Electric and Natural Gas: 1.5% incremental savings each year beginning in 2010, adjustable to a minimum of 1% savings.

Minnesota investor-owned electric and gas utilities are subject to the energy savings requirements of the Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA), passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007 (Minnesota Statutes 2008 § 216B.241). Among its provisions, the Act set incremental energy-saving goals for utilities of 1.5% of retail sales annually, commencing with the first triennial plan period that began January 1, 2010. Of the 1.5%, the first 1% must be met with direct energy efficiency energy savings, or conservation improvements. This may include savings from efficiency measures installed at a utility’s own facilities. The NGEA also allows savings to be achieved indirectly through energy codes and appliance standards. Up to 0.5% may be met by efficiency enhancements to each utility’s generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure.

All electric and natural gas utilities, including municipal utilities and co-operatives, must set energy efficiency spending goals based on a percentage of revenue. Prior to the Next Generation Energy Act going into effect fully in 2010, Minnesota utilities were required to spend a percentage of gross operating revenue (0.5% gas, 1.5% electric, 2% for Xcel Energy's electric utility) on energy efficiency programs rather than to achieve a set amount of energy savings. In practice, however, these minimum spending requirements are often irrelevant, as utilities must spend more than these minimum percentages to achieve the 1.5% EERS.

The NGEA allows a utility to request a lower target (based on historical experience, an energy conservation potential study, and other factors), but for investor-owned utilities that target can be no lower than 1% per year. Lower savings can also be justified if the Commissioner of Commerce determines that additional savings are not cost-effective to ratepayers, the utility, participants, and society. In 2009, the state legislature passed interim legislation to reduce the mandated level of savings during the first three years for natural gas utilities, establishing an interim average annual savings goal of 0.75% over 2010-2012 for utilities that submit a “ramp up” plan that averages annual savings of 1% in subsequent years (Minnesota Session Laws 2009, Ch. 110, Sec. 32).

Last reviewed: July 2019

Utility Business Model List All

In 2007, the Minnesota legislature enacted Section 216B.2412, directing the Public Utilities Commission to allow one or more rate-regulated utilities to participate in a pilot program (of up to 3 years) to assess the merits of a rate-decoupling strategy. Two utilities, CenterPoint Energy and Minnesota Energy Resources Corp, have decoupling for natural gas customers (Docket No. G-008/GR-08-1075, G007,G011/GR-10-977). In June 2009, the PUC issued an Order adopting criteria and standards for pilot proposals for revenue decoupling (Docket No. E,G-999/CI-08-132, Issue date June 19, 2009).

Minnesota has had a shared benefit incentive in place since 1999. The incentive increases as the percentage of savings of retail sales increases. There is a cap of 20% of net benefits on the amount of incentive that may be earned. The incentive is set such that at savings of 1.5% of retail sales, electric utilities will earn an incentive of $0.07 per kWh saved, and gas utilities will earn and incentive of $9.00 per thousand cubic feet saved. The percentage of net benefits to be awarded to each utility at different energy savings levels will be set at the beginning of each year. (See Minn. Stat.§ 216B.241, subd. l(c) and Docket No. E,G-999/CI-08-133).

The PUC adopted an updated DSM benefit incentive mechanism for 2017-2019 with the following provisions: For electric utilities, the threshold is set for one percent of retail sales. For each energy savings increase of 0.1% of retail sales, net benefits awarded increase by 0.75% until reaching the net benefits cap at energy savings achievements equal to 1.7%. At savings of 1.7% and higher, the incentive provided equals the net benefit cap times the net benefits.

For gas, the threshold is set at 0.7% of retail sales. For each energy savings increase of 0.1% of retail sales, net benefits awarded increase 0.75% until reaching the established cap at energy savings achievements equal to 1.2%. At 1.2% savings and higher, incentives provided are equal to the net benefit cap times the net benefits.

Net benefit caps are set at 13.5% for 2017, 12.0% in 2018, and 10.0% in 2019.

Last reviewed: July 2019

Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification List All
  • Primary cost-effectiveness test(s) used: societal cost test  

  • Secondary cost-effectiveness test(s) used: utility cost test, participant cost test, and ratepayer impact measure test 

The evaluation of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in Minnesota relies on legislative mandates (MN Statutes 261B.241). Evaluations are mainly administered by the utilities. However, the Division of Energy Resources and staff from Minnesota Department of Commerce also assists in the evaluation administration. Evaluations for each of the utilities are conducted. Minnesota has formal requirements for evaluation articulated in MN Statutes 261B.241 and Rule 7690.0550. The state maintains the Minnesota Technical Reference Manual as a set of standard methodologies and inputs for calculating the savings impacts and cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency programs.

According to the Database of State Efficiency Screening Practices (DSESP), Minnesota specifies the SCT to be its primary test for decision making. The primary assessment level is the segment.  The rules for benefit-cost tests are stated in MN Statutes 261B.241 and Rule 7690.0550. Minnesota’s SCT test accounts for environmental benefits from reduced emissions. Minnesota’s SCT also includes non-energy costs and benefits associated with asset value and productivity. 

The National Efficiency Screening Project (NESP) recently conducted a study  for Minnesota to examine how it might consider development of a cost-effectiveness framework for efficiency that incorporates the key principles in the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM).  

Further information on cost-effectiveness screening practices for Minnesota is available in the Database of State Efficiency Screening Practices (DSESP), a resource of the National Efficiency Screening Project (NESP). Further information on health and environmental benefits is available in ACEEE’s Overview of State Approaches to Account for Health and Environmental Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Last reviewed: July 2019

Guidelines for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs List All

Requirements for State and Utility Support of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

Minnesota Statute 216B.241 (Subdivision 7) requires both natural gas and electric utilities to provide low-income energy efficiency programs. Both municipal gas and electric utilities must spend at least 0.2% of their gross operating revenue from residential customers on low-income programs. Legislation passed in 2013 raised the minimum low-income spending requirement for investor-owned natural gas utilities from 0.2% to 0.4% of their most recent three-year average gross operating revenue from residential customers.

Cost-Effectiveness Rules for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

The rules for benefit-cost tests are stated in MN Statutes 261B.241 and Rule 7690.0550. The benefit-cost tests are required for portfolio, total program, and customer project level screening with exceptions for low-income programs. Subd 7(e) of 216B.241 directs that “costs and benefits associated with any approved low-income gas or electric conservation improvement program that is not cost-effective when considering the costs and benefits to the utility may, at the discretion of the utility, be excluded from the calculation of net economic benefits for purposes of calculating the financial incentive to the utility. The energy and demand savings may, at the discretion of the utility, be applied toward the calculation of overall portfolio energy and demand savings for purposes of determining progress toward annual goals and in the financial incentive mechanism.”

Coordination of Ratepayer-Funded Low-Income Programs with WAP Services

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is responsible for administration of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The department’s Division of Energy Resources includes not only WAP but also the State Energy Program (SEP), Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as well as the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), a statewide program funded by ratepayers to help Minnesota households and businesses use electricity and natural gas more efficiency. Close proximity of these programs within the department allows for coordination of services for low-income households. The Department of Commerce Energy Assistance Program (EAP) offers a simple one-stop shop for applying to EAP, WAP, and CIP.

APPRISE Incorporated recently completed a State-commissioned three-year study on the Low Income CIP. One of the primary objectives was to assess the current performance of the utility LI CIP programs and identify opportunities for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of those programs. Overall, the study found that the LI CIP is meeting or exceeding most of the statutory and regulatory requirements. The study also identified ways in which program performance could be enhanced through additional collaboration among the utilities to share program experiences, and between the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the utilities to consider the adoption of low-income program best practices.

Last reviewed: July 2019

Self Direct and Opt-Out Programs List All

Minnesota offers a self-direct option, with a full exemption from assigned CRM fees, to customers with 20 MW average electric demand or 500,000 MCF of gas consumption. Customers must also show that they are making "reasonable" efforts to identify or implement energy efficiency and that they are subject to competitive pressures that make it helpful for them to be exempted from the CRM fees. Participating customers must submit new reports every five years to maintain exempt status. The utility is not involved in self-direct program administration; the state Department of Commerce functions as the manager of self-direct accounts and is the arbiter of whether a company qualifies for self-direct and is satisfying its obligations.

Commercial gas customers served by a gas utility with less than 600,000 gas customers in Minnesota that do not meet either threshold may opt-out if they can demonstrate that they have acquired or can reasonably acquire the ability to bypass use of the utility's gas distribution system. They must file a report every five years for up to ten years demonstrating that they are continuing to make reasonable efforts towards energy efficiency improvements. If the majority ownership of the facility changes, that period can be extended another ten years. Minnesota Department of Commerce staff will evaluate their spending and savings claims. As of July 2019, 56 customers currently self direct energy efficiency fund, accounting for 13% of eligible electric load and 22% of natural gas volume.

Last reviewed: July 2019

Data AccessList All

There is no policy in place that requires utilities to release energy use data to customers or third parties. 

Guidelines for Third Party Access

For individual meter data, the MN PUC has approved a model data release consent form to to be used by all rate regulated utilities in Docket E,G 999/CI-12-1344 PUC ORDER

For aggregate data, a utility shall not disclose customer energy use data without the customer’s consent unless the utility has adequately protected the anonymity of the customer energy use data. Each utility shall file its aggregation and release policies with the Commission within 30 days of the order or 30 days prior to implementation. See the 2017 order in Docket E,G 999/CI-12-1344.

While utilities are not required to provide energy use data to building owners and to public agencies, several utilities do make this data available.

Requirements for Provision of Energy Data

Minnesota does not require utilities to provide energy use data to owners of multi-tenant buildings or public agencies. 

Energy Use Data Availability

Minnesota does not have a standardized system through which access to aggregated energy use data may be requested. Rate regulated utilities are required to use the approved data release consent form concerning individual meter data. This form must be signed by the customer.

Last reviewed: July 2019

Score: 5.5 out of 10
Transportation Summary List All

Minnesota adopted legislation in 2010 that provides significant funding for transit maintenance and construction, although funding levels have dropped in recent years. Minnesota has complete streets legislation in place.

Tailpipe Emission Standards List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Transportation System Efficiency List All

Transportation and Land use integration: No policy in place or proposed.

VMT Targets: No policy in place or proposed.

Complete Streets: Minnesota adopted a complete streets policy in 2013 and updated it in 2016.

FAST Freight Plans and Goals: Minnesota has a state freight plan that identifies a multimodal freight network, but it does not include freight energy or greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Transit Funding List All

In order to finance continued transit development in the state, Minnesota adopted House File 2700 in 2010. The bill is an omnibus bonding and capital improvement bill which provides $43.5 million for transit maintenance and construction.  The bill also prioritizes bonding authorization so that appropriations for transit construction for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 amount to $200 million. 

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Incentives for High-Efficiency Vehicles List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Reviewed: July 2019

Equitable Access to TransportationList All
Minnesota incentivizes the creation of low-income housing near transit facilities through the Land Acquisition for Affordable New Development (LAAND) Program, and it considers the proximity of transit facilities when distributing federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to qualifying property owners. Last Reviewed: July 2019
Appliance Standards
Score: 0 out of 3
Appliance Standards Summary List All

Minnesota has not set appliance standards beyond those required by the federal government.

Last Reviewed: June 2019