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The MEEA Policy Webinar – Building Energy Benchmarking Policies in the Midwest was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, moderated the event which featured presentations from the Midwest’s first two cities to pass Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure ordinances. Jamie Ponce, Chicago City Manager of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group presented the recently passed legislation at the City of Chicago, IL and Brendon Slotterback, Sustainability Program Coordinator at the City of Minneapolis, MN denoted the work he completed.
After Mr. Kismohr gave a brief overview on building energy use benchmarking terms, benefits, and the importance of energy data transparency, Mr. Jamie Ponce, described the aspects of the benchmarking ordinance recently passed in Chicago. He noted how the ordinance legislation fit within the goals already set by the city and the methodology used to determine the size thresholds of buildings encompassed by the legislation. Mr. Slotterback pointed out the features of the ordinance unanimously passed in Minneapolis early this year. Brendon also shared some preliminary findings of the public building reporting currently underway - the first phase of ordinance implementation. Both city representatives noted the importance of incorporating local stakeholders in the legislation process and how these groups will continue to be involved during the enactment of their respective ordinances.