The Rosemount City Council has approved a plan to make the community a leader in sustainability and energy conservation. The Council voted July 17 to enact an Energy Action Plan.
As part of the Plan, Rosemount has set a community-wide goal of reducing its energy use by 15 percent by 2030. Strategies laid out in the plan will help residents and businesses in the community reduce energy use and save money on energy bills.
Over the past eight months, Rosemount’s Energy Action Team, working with Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy, developed the Plan, aimed at reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy generation in Rosemount.
Rosemount has a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, and the Energy Action Plan represents an important next step toward building Rosemount’s reputation as a sustainability leader. Accomplishing the goals outlined in this plan will require action by both residents and businesses in the community, and it will not happen without the support and engagement of a variety of community groups and individuals.
In order to create this plan, Rosemount convened a team of experts from the community to participate in the planning process. This Energy Action Team included City staff, Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Task Force members, elected officials, local business representatives, residents, representatives from educational institutions and other community organizations, as well as representatives of utilities serving the community. The team met over the course of six months to review energy use data, set priorities and goals, and develop actionable strategies to achieve energy goals.
The Energy Action Plan outlines four main focus areas where the City will target its efforts: Residential energy savings, with an emphasis on bringing savings to low-income residents; municipal energy, which will reduce energy costs among all City buildings and other facilities and continue to expand adoption of renewable energy; large energy users, which seeks to reduce energy use among commercial and industrial businesses, schools, places of worship, and multifamily buildings with more than five units; and small and medium businesses, helping all other businesses in the community save on energy costs. A complete version of Rosemount’s Energy Action Plan can be found at the City’s website – ci.rosemount.mn.us/energy.
Xcel Energy, the main electric utility serving Rosemount, launched Partners in Energy to support communities in the development and implementation of customized, community-driven energy plans. In addition to 17 communities in Minnesota, there are 15 participating Colorado communities. Partners in Energy assisted Rosemount’s Energy Action Team in developing the Energy Action Plan, and will now support the first steps of its implementation over the next 18 months.
To help guide residential outreach, the City requests that residents complete a short survey to provide input on how you use and think about energy. Please take a moment to complete the survey at the following link: https://polco.us/rosemount.
If you are interested in learning more about the plan or in volunteering to help Rosemount reach its Energy Action Plan goals, contact City Administrator Logan Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Pictured: some of the members of the Rosemount Energy Action Team.]