Energy

A major contributor to climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of electricity. While the electric grid in Minnesota continues to get cleaner, it remains important for local governments to understand energy consumption in their communities.

The City is working to reduce energy consumption and costs and increase renewable energy in its buildings, campuses, and operations. Recent actions include:

  • benchmarking energy use and completing energy efficiency projects in City buildings
  • replacing indoor and outdoor lighting with LEDs
  • installing an EV charging station at City Hall, with one planned at Brookview in 2021
  • installing four 40-kilowatt solar arrays on City buildings through a Power Purchase Agreement (each array produces an average of 38,890 kWh annually for a total of approximately 55,560 kWh coming from City solar, which is equal to about 10 percent of the energy consumed by the City each year)
  • achieving bronze certification in the Department of Energy's Solsmart program 
  • developing a Green Building Guide for residential construction and remodeling projects 

Partners In Energy Community Collaborative

Xcel Energy Opens in new windowIn early 2020, the City joined Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy (PIE) program to move forward in achieving its energy goals and assisting residents and local businesses in reducing energy bills and carbon footprints.

As part of PIE, the City created an Energy Action Plan to guide a variety of energy saving initiatives.

Read more about PIE below.

  1. How Can I Save Energy?
  2. Electric Vehicles
  3. Energy Efficient Buildings
  4. Solar Energy
  5. Xcel Energy Partners In Energy

Carrying out the Energy Action Plan is a community effort. There are a number of ways that residents, organizations, and businesses can get involved to help achieve Golden Valley's energy goals.

Learn How to Help Lower Energy Bills with an Energy Audit

Save money and energy with a visit from the Home Energy Squad®. Energy experts will conduct a home energy audit, and provide you with free materials to increase your home's energy efficiency. 

The City of Golden Valley Is Paying Half the Cost for a Home Energy Squad Visit for Residents. Free Visits Are Available to Income-Qualified Households. Schedule a visit online or Call 651-328-6220.

Get Help with Your Energy Bills

The Energy Assistance Program helps income-eligible households with bill payment assistance and energy crisis intervention. Call the Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County at 952-930-3541 or visit the Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County website to learn more.

Keep upfront costs low with rebates

Find energy-saving tips, home rebates, and programs from Xcel Energy to increase your home's efficiency through Xcel Energy online.