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  • Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team Blog The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—shared information on this pilot program on their blog (linked below). CERTs are a non-partisan, non-advocacy group that works with ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2012, 8:02 AM by Unknown user
  • Flisrand Consulting: EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Launches Dec. 8, 2011: Janne K. Flisrand describes the goals of the EnergyScoreCards Minnesota pilot program, and details the process of multifamily energy benchmarking using EnergyScoreCards online software. Visit Flisrand Consulting ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2011, 8:58 AM by Unknown user
  • EnergyScoreCards Minnesota launches multifamily benchmarking pilot funded Xcel Energy and Minnesota Housing. (Saint Paul, Minnesota) Minnesota Housing announced a new pilot program today that will pave the way for future energy savings in multifamily rental housing developments. EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is a two ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2011, 6:25 AM by Unknown user
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Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team Blog

posted Jan 20, 2012, 8:02 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 20, 2012, 8:02 AM ]

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—shared information on this pilot program on their blog (linked below). CERTs are a non-partisan, non-advocacy group that works with citizens across the state to strengthen their communities by supporting money-saving energy efficiency projects and building entrepreneurship around Minnesota’s growing renewable energy industries.

Free multifamily building benchmarking kicks off this month with EnergyScoreCards Minnesota

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota

Submitted by Julia Eagles on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 8:04am

Want to save energy in your multifamily building but need some tools and support? Look no further! 

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is a two-year effort to implement energy benchmarking and monitoring at hundreds of multifamily buildings in Minnesota. And did we mention participation is free?

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Flisrand Consulting: EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Launches

posted Dec 16, 2011, 8:53 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 16, 2011, 8:58 AM ]

Dec. 8, 2011: Janne K. Flisrand describes the goals of the EnergyScoreCards Minnesota pilot program, and details the process of multifamily energy benchmarking using EnergyScoreCards online software. Visit Flisrand Consulting to read the original post.

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Launches
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I’m excited about today’s launch of EnergyScoreCards Minnesota. A big, concrete step is being taken to address one of the barriers to improving the utility efficiency in multifamily buildings.

I’ve been pondering improving the utility costs of multifamily buildings for what feels like forever – starting in 1996 in my owner-occupied 4-unit home, and affordable multifamily buildings as part of Minnesota Green Communities starting in 2006. In this post I shared some of the challenges to reducing water and energy use in this market. How does this change anything?

As one step towards addressing some of those challenges, multifamily buildings in Xcel, CenterPoint, and a few other utility service territories will have free access to an online benchmarking tool, EnergyScoreCards. Huh? Benchmarking?
In essence, EnergyScoreCards has a database of ~2500 multifamily buildings that includes the actual utility consumption and some key building characteristics of those buildings. They then do some fancy data analysis on the whole thing and figure out – for a specific type of building – what is typical usage, what is high, and what is low.


When you add your multifamily building to their database, they give you a grade, and voila – you know whether your building has accessible opportunities to conserve! The report card breaks things out into heating, cooling, baseload electric (stuff you plug in), baseload gas (most often hot water heaters), and water. If you get a bad grade in a category, that’s where to invest.

There’s lots more info in the tool, including financial context. In a relatively small building, if you get a D (it’s only A through D, so I think of D as failing) in cooling, but also only spend $500 on cooling in a year, there’s probably not enough payback to justify investment. However, if you get a C on heating and spend $5,000 a year, there probably is. That seems like a pretty good start – owners and managers will finally have access to information about how their buildings compare to other buildings, and a sense of where to invest. That’s big.

We get other benefits, too. This is a multi-year pilot project. When it’s done, we will have baseline data for utility companies, the State, and funders who want to invest in efficiency to know how typical multifamily buildings perform (can you believe no one has a clue about that now?!?) Then, those groups can assess whether it’s reasonable to lend money to a project for improvements, and better assess reasonable savings expectations design and target conservation programs to properties where there’s the most cost-effective opportunities

Finally, in my fantasy world, property owners will market their buildings as efficient (& provide back-up data for the claim) AND tenants will demonstrate a preference for efficient, utility-affordable homes.


EnergyScoreCards Minnesota launches multifamily benchmarking pilot funded Xcel Energy and Minnesota Housing.

posted Nov 30, 2011, 4:27 PM by Jonathan Braman   [ updated Dec 9, 2011, 6:25 AM by Unknown user ]

(Saint Paul, Minnesota) Minnesota Housing announced a new pilot program today that will pave the way for future energy savings in multifamily rental housing developments. EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is a two-year effort to implement energy and water benchmarking and tracking at hundreds of multifamily buildings in Minnesota. The project aims to demonstrate that engaging owners, property managers and tenants in managing energy use can measurably reduce utility spending, energy and water consumption and carbon emissions. Project partners include Minnesota Housing, Minnesota Green Communities, University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), and EnergyScoreCards™ - an innovative online energy management tool for multifamily buildings. The pilot is jointly funded by Xcel Energy and Minnesota Housing. 

“We’re pleased to reach out to housing partners across Minnesota to participate in this important research project,” said Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner of Minnesota Housing. “EnergyScoreCards Minnesota will help demonstrate the critical cost savings that can be achieved by monitoring consumption of utilities.”

Key goals of the pilot include:

        Provide owners and managers with intuitive feedback on energy performance to help implement energy and water best practices.

        Provide owners and managers with the tools to engage owners, maintenance staff and tenants in Minnesota in energy and water conservation.

        Support owners in cost-effective decisions regarding property improvements.

        Pave the way for future multifamily benchmarking by demonstrating energy savings through the feedback mechanism built into EnergyScoreCards.

        Work with Minnesota utilities, including Xcel Energy, to establish simple methods for gathering energy consumption and spending data on an ongoing basis.


"We're excited to help property owners make informed investments in energy and water efficiency through energy tracking.  Overall, the pilot will improve our understanding of how multifamily buildings use energy - which will also help improve the effectiveness of future green building programs," said Billy Weber, Senior Research Fellow for University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research.

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is funded by an Emerging Technologies Grant from Xcel Energy. Funding from Minnesota Housing will focus on the Corridor of Opportunity in the Central Corridor transit line.

Property owners and managers interested in signing up or learning more can go to www.energyscorecardsmn.com. 

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Partners:


EnergyScoreCards provides a web-based system to track and analyze energy consumption and savings in multifamily buildings. EnergyScoreCards is a subsidiary of Bright Power, Inc., an energy consulting firm based in New York. www.energyscorecards.com

Minnesota Green Communities is a collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise designed to foster the creation of affordable, healthier, and more energy efficient housing throughout Minnesota. www.mngreencommunities.org

The Center for Sustainable Building Research's mission is to lead and support 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. www.csbr.umn.edu

Minnesota Housing finances and advances affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Minnesotans to enhance quality of life and foster strong communities. Minnesota Housing has invested more than $1.4 billion in affordable housing each biennium with assets of $3.6 billion as of June 30, 2011. www.mnhousing.gov

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. www.mncee.org

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