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  • Local Energy Action Now:  Engaging Local Citizens to Mitigate Climate Change Creating a Local Clean Energy Action Plan
  • Make the Case: Global climate change and the chaos that results locally Taking charge at the local level to secure our energy future
  • Northfield – Leadership from the community City Government,  • Historical Society, • Two Colleges,  • EQC (Advisory to Council)‫‏‬ • Cannon River Watershed Partnership •
  • RENew Northfield (non‐profit)  brought resolution  to the City Council in December, 2005, committing  Northfield to the Cities for Climate Protection  Campaign. Council passed the resolution.  •
  • Ad hoc Energy Issues Group ‐‐ 2006‐2007 Mayor, City Council, city staff, members of EDA,  Industry, Colleges, Townships, RENew, citizens  met to discuss energy future. Agreed an energy task force was needed.
  • May, 2007, Council created Energy Task Force Seven members • One year existence • Four Tasks • Return with recommendations •
  • Task One   To assess opportunities to develop local energy  • efficiency and clean energy projects that will a.)Protect the community from future energy price  and supply instability b.)Enhance local economic development c.)Provide local, regional and global environmental  benefits
  • Task Two To assess the efficacy of creation of a municipal  • electric utility or special energy district in achieving  the above
  • Task Three To recommend citywide target greenhouse gas  • emissions reductions to fulfill Milestone 2 of the  City’s commitment to the Cities for Climate  Protection Campaign (CCPC)‫‏‬
  • Five CCPC Milestones 1. Baseline inventory of emissions. 2. Adopt emissions reduction target and target  year. 3. Develop Local Action Plan 4. Implement Plan 5. Monitor, verify
  • Task Four To develop an action plan to meet the CCPC  • targets identified in step 3 above
  • Public involvement Energy Resource Group meetings •  Members from colleges, industry,  commercial, and non‐profits Public meetings  • Articles in Northfield News •
  • Public Meetings Met with Public Officials • City • Townships • School District • Colleges
  • Public Meetings Two meetings with general public Over 75 ideas for energy conservation,  • generation, or education from public Eleven work groups formed ‐‐ six continued  • through the year
  • The Energy Task Force met its goal: Returned with a 70‐page report • Completed the four tasks • Held two community meetings • Started several energy‐interest community  • groups
  • Recommendations to City Council Task 1 ‐‐ Opportunities Lead Clean Energy projects – model energy  • conservation and efficiency Direct city staff to consider all impacts of decisions  • using life cycle analysis and monetary impact  analysis.
  • Recommendations to City Council Develop policies and initiatives to create demand  • for green collar jobs in the private sector Create Energy Commission • Set up One‐Stop‐Shop in City Hall • Sponsor MN Energy Challenge  •
  • Recommendations to City Council Change city policies and ordinances to reflect  • energy importance City administrator job description should emphasize  – sustainability Discount energy audits – Allow homeowners to place special assessments on tax  – for energy projects Green construction for all new projects – New industrial park to incorporate clean energy –
  • Recommendations to City Council Partner with private sector for wind farm or  • biomass plant Carbon surcharge for Energy use • Energy Action Fund to finance energy projects and  • Energy Coordinator position Smart metering negotiations with Xcel •
  • Recommendations to City Council Task 2 – Assess setting up municipal energy utility  • or special energy district Recommended not pursuing the municipal utility – – costs would be very high Recommended establishing a special energy district  – for combined heat and power servicing industrial and  commercial users
  • Recommendations to City Council Task 3 – Recommend citywide target greenhouse gas  emission reductions State wide: 80% by 2050, 30% by 2025, 15% by 2015 – Recommendation:  “Carbon free by '33” • 15% by 2013, 50% by 2028, 100% by 2033 – Annual measurements to begin this year •
  • Recommendations to City Council Task 4 – Develop a climate action plan • Adopt the targets set in Charge 3 – Adopt the recommendations –
  • Next Steps • Ordinance being prepared • Council will appoint Energy Board • Begin work on Recommendations
  • How did we do it? How can your city do this?
  • We had help! 1. History of Community Involvement Some key citizen non‐profit initiatives: HATPIN: 1960’s Households Against Toxic Pollution in Northfield League of Women Voters: 1979 & more Energy Conservation Education  grant Clean Air Northfield (CAN): 1970's ‐ '80s air quality issues of Sheldahl, Inc.  Cannon River Watershed Partnership: 1980’s non‐profit to protect Cannon  River RENew Northfield: Non‐profit, organized 2001, addresses renewable  energy
  • More Help 2.  Two Colleges Carleton College St. Olaf College
  • Even More Help 3. City Advisory Groups – A Few   Environmental Quality Commission  Energy Task Force  Non‐Motorized Task Force  Planning Commission
  • And Still More Help 4. Harvard Negotiators: 3rd Year Harvard Law Students Survey of Northfield Energy Attitudes and           Behaviors Assistance in Technical Development  Training in Negotiations 
  • Culture Required to Create Positive Community Norms  of Energy Conservation & Clean Energy   Innovators  Early Adopters  Majority Adopters   Late Adopters  Resistors  The Dead 
  • Your City Assess the Culture • Find Leadership • Collect like‐minded citizens (Letter to the Editor)‫‏‬ • Organize around a clear issue • Copy from successful examples (We did!)‫‏‬ • Work – be persistent, patient, & proactive! •
  • Call To Action Assess Your Expertise What Does Your Community Support? Maximize the Strengths of Your Community Set Up a Task Force Begin
  • Energy Task Force Report ci.northfield.mn.us • Use “Search this site” – enter ‘energy task  force’ • Report is a .pdf located mid‐page • geokinney@gmail.com