Partners in Energy Program
Partners in Energy Program
In July 2020, the City of Roseville was accepted into Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy Program. Partners in Energy, or PIE, is a program that supports communities by assisting them in developing and implementing energy plans. With Roseville being a part of PIE, the City can meet its energy goals and help residents and businesses in reducing their energy bills and carbon footprints.
The PIE program is a two-year commitment. The initial six to eight months are dedicated to developing a strategic energy action plan through the Energy Action Team, and the remainder of the two years dedicated to implementation of the energy plan. Throughout the entire process, Roseville will be working closely with a dedicated Xcel Energy team that will provide guidance, education, and resources for City staff, businesses, and residents as they work to achieve energy goals by specific target dates.
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Energy Action Plan
The Energy Action Team (discussed below) worked with staff from Xcel Energy and the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) to develop goals and strategies to form the heart of the City’s first Energy Action Plan. This plan was formally adopted by the City Council on June 21, 2021. It lays out four focus areas as follows:
- Energy Burden - Improve awareness of and access to existing programs that improve the efficiency of income-eligible homes
- Residential Energy Efficiency - Focus on increasing participation in the most effective energy efficiency programs available
- Commercial/Industrial Energy Efficiency - Improve awareness of and participation in highly effective efficiency programs by of commercial/industrial users, including medium and small businesses
- Renewable Energy - Provide education and motivation to participate in subscription or on-site renewable energy programs
You can find the Energy Action Plan here.
Energy Action Team
The Energy Action Team plays a pivotal role in the PIE program. This team was comprised of a handful of local leaders, business owners, and residents that dedicated time over the course of six months to work with one another to outline energy goals and plans. With the guidance of Xcel Energy, the Energy Action Team served as a key stakeholder group for the planning and implementation of Roseville’s Energy Action Plan.
Member Selection Criteria
Roseville conducted an open application process with a targeted approach to promote equity and enhance diversity in perspectives and experiences within the City. Roseville values having a variety of key stakeholders from different sectors on the Energy Action Team, as this will greatly influence energy production and consumption in the community. The City had the following representation on the Energy Action Team:
- 3 residents
- 2 members from City Boards and Commissions
- 2 members from the business community
- 4 members from the community sector, including: Roseville School Board; Chamber of Commerce; youth members; community-based organizations; youth and seniors
- 1 Xcel Energy Representative
- 3 City staff