Residents and businesses in Rosemount have saved over 1.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 7,500 therms of natural gas since initiation of Rosemount’s Energy Action Plan in July 2018. Representatives of Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy offering, which is facilitating the Energy Action Plan, reported findings from Xcel Energy for the first six months of 2019 at the Rosemount City Council meeting on August 21.
The energy saved in this program to date removes a significant amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. According to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas savings like this are the equivalent of what an average automobile would generate in over 3 million miles of driving.
While the data represent only residents and businesses served by Xcel Energy, results indicate that Rosemount is on its way to achieving the Energy Action Plan’s goal of a 5% reduction in energy usage by 2020, and a 15% reduction by 2030. Energy savings information from the other utilities serving Rosemount will be available in early 2020.
For Xcel Energy customers, residential heating equipment rebates have been quite popular in Rosemount along with Efficient New Home programs. Initiatives focused on helping income-qualified homes to improve energy efficiency are being very well used also.
Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and the City Council noted the significant contributions of the Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Task Force (REST) in achieving these results. REST members, all volunteers, have conducted many of the outreach activities that led to such strong results.
Rosemount’s Energy Action Plan was adopted by the City Council in July 2018. The plan sets goals to cut energy use five percent by 2020 and save Rosemount residents and businesses more than $1 million over the next three years.
If you want to learn more about the plan or about volunteering to help Rosemount reach its goals, visit ci.rosemount.mn.us/Energy.