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Duluth Community-wide Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP)
The next public meeting for the Duluth LEAP plan will be held on: Tuesday, January 29th at the Duluth Transit Authority office, located at 2402 West Michigan Street. Energy sector groups will review and discuss the drafted Goals, Strategies and Action Steps for each energy sector prior to submittal to the City of Duluth administration for review.

Meeting times are as follows:
10am - 12pm Residential and Transportation Energy Sectors
1pm - 3pm Public and Commercial/Industrial Energy Sectors

Click HERE for a draft excerpt of the materials for public review and discussion. Hardcopies will also be available as handouts at the meeting.

For any questions, please contact: Bonnie Hundrieser, 218-529-7527 or

Last Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 2013

About the Duluth LEAP Planning Process
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The City of Duluth’s Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Committee has formally launched the start of planning activities for a Duluth Community-wide Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP). The 2012-13 LEAP energy planning process is sponsored by the City of Duluth. The project planning period is from September 2012 through April/May 2013, with final plan adoption by the Duluth City Council in 2013.

Duluth’s LEAP will be developed using a community-based engagement process, guided by an Arrowhead Regional Development Commission planner who will facilitate planning activities and meetings. Community members will be engaged in an energy visioning session and strategy planning meetings co-lead by an Energy Leadership Team made up of energy leaders and key stakeholders in the Duluth Community.

LEAP planning will identify short and long term goals, strategies, and actions for four energy sectors; Residential, Commercial & Industrial, Public (local, area county and state government units, schools and higher education) and Transportation.

The overall goal for developing and implementing a community-wide energy plan is to move Duluth toward becoming a more secure, more vibrant economy and a more prosperous community. One path to achieve these ends is by reducing reliance on fossil fuels, reducing energy use in buildings, manufacturing processes, transportation and in other measurable energy uses. The City’s long-standing goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be a natural outcome of achieving energy use reduction targets.

CLICK HERE for a Fact Sheet on the Duluth Community-wide Local Energy Action Plan

Public Planning Meetings
Good planning depends upon good community participation, and we invite YOU to participate! All planning sessions will be open meetings to encourage community participation throughout the process.

Followiing is a list of upcoming meetings that are open to the public. This section will be updated reguarly with new postings and meeting summaries:

Title: Public Energy Visioning Engagement Meeting
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Superior College, Building S, Room 2964

Description: What is your Energy Vision for the Duluth Community? for Residential Energy use, Commercial and Industrial Energy use, Public entity (schools, government) energy, and for Transportation?

During this interactive meeting attendees will learn about the Duluth LEAP planning process, hear updates on past/current energy projects and progress, learn how to get involved, and share specific thoughts on the future of energy in Duluth as the Energy Leadership Team works to form a guiding Energy Vision for the plan. Mayor Don Ness will deliver a welcoming message to the group.

CLICK HERE for a summary of the Public Energy Visioning Engagement Meeting!

Title: LEAP Vision Statement Development - JOIN the discussion with the Energy Leadership Team
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ecolibrium3, 2304 West Superior Street

Description: This is an open session where the Energy Leadership Team and participants will review and discuss the ideas and comments from the Sept. 17th session. The team will develop an LEAP ENERGY VISION STATEMENT that will guide further energy plan development.

CLICK HERE for a summary of the October 5th Energy Vision Development Meeting!


All Duluth LEAP Energy Sector planning meetings are free and open to the public. Community stakeholder engagement is strongly encouraged. For more information contact Bonnie Hundrieser (218) 529-7527 /

Meeting Location: Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior Street (Downstairs Green Room)
Description: Energy sector groups will discuss a “SWOT” analysis (strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats), goals and targets for the energy sector.

Monday, October 29th
Residential Energy Sector - 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Public Energy Sector - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 30th
C & I Energy Sector - 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Transportation Energy Sector - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Meeting Location: Ecolibrium3, 2304 West Superior Street
Description: Energy sector groups will identify and develop strategies and action steps for the plan as
well as identify potential funding sources for project implementation.

Monday, November 26
Residential Energy Sector - 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Public Energy Sector - 3:00PM-5:00PM

Tuesday, November 27th
C & I Energy Sector - 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Transportation Energy Sector - 6:00 PM-8:00PM


Meeting Location: (TO BE DETERMINED)
Description: Energy sector groups will review /discuss the draft plan and prioritize projects.

Monday, January 28th
Residential Energy Sector - 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Public Energy Sector - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, January 29th
C & I Energy Sector - 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Transportation Energy Sector - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Email us!
We recognize that it is not always possible for people to attend extra meetings, and we invite you to stay engaged in the planning process. You may submit your questions, ideas, concerns, or comments at anytime via the following email:

For More Information Contact:
For more information about the Duluth Community-wide Local Energy Action Plan and how you can get involved, please contact:

DyAnn Andybur – Energy Coordinator
City of Duluth
Phone: (218)-730-4433

Bonnie Hundrieser (Project Facilitator)
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Phone: (218) 529-7527

Project Funding
The Duluth LEAP planning process is made possible by The City of Duluth, in part from the City’s Energy Management Fund and is funded in part by the Knight Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and the MN Power Conservation Improvement Program.


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