State of Minnesota: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)14%
Annual (2019)5%

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Minnesota's portfolio consists of more than 1,100 buildings and 22 million square feet. Since 2010, Minnesota has improved energy performance by 14%. Since launching its Guaranteed Energy Savings Program in late-2012, the State began pursuing "deep-energy retrofits" projects using an energy savings performance contracting model. Based upon the initial projects successes, GESP is a resource anticipated to spur significant energy savings in the State in the coming years.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all properties can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Minnesota has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at about 50% of its properties. Those properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI will be targeted for integration into future energy efficiency projects.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. Minnesota's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 0 to 500 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2010. The properties located near or below the 0% axis will be evaluated for inclusion in future energy efficiency projects.