Energy & Sustainability

Energy use is a major expense for MCES -- approximately $15 million per year. Through energy conservation and increased use of renewable energy, however, MCES is achieving considerable economic and environmental benefits, lowering costs and reducing air emissions like carbon dioxide.

By the end of 2020, MCES shall reduce its annual fossil fuel based energy purchases by at least 10% of its 2015 usage, AND

By 2020, MCES shall advance clean energy within the State of Minnesota by building, subscribing, contracting or other substantive means that support renewable energy sources, in an amount of at least 10% of 2015 usage.

Documents + Reports (pdfs)


  • Xcel Energy Process Efficiency Partnership Award
    MCES received Xcel Energy's Process Efficiency Partnership Award in 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, and 2014 in recognition of MCES leadership implementing cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation measures.
  • VIDEO: MCES Process Efficiency - 2011
  • University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2017 State Government Innovation Award
    The Council received the 2017 State Government Innovation Award for its role leading the Governmental Solar Garden Subscriber Collaborative– a partnership among 31 local governments. The collaboration allowed MCES and other local governments the chance to support solar power in our region through a single competitive solicitation, rather than going through the time-consuming procurement process individually. MCES now subscribes to more than 15.6 megawatts of solar capacity that will save ratepayers an estimated $8 million (net present value) over the 25-year term of the subscriptions.