Reliably and sustainably serving downtown Minneapolis for decades

One of Clearway Community Energy’s largest and longest-running district energy systems, Clearway Community Energy Minneapolis has served downtown customers for nearly 50 years. Operating since 1972, the system’s central plant and six satellite plants supply both heating and cooling to over 100 customers in a diverse range of industries. Clearway Community Energy Minneapolis’ staff of operations and maintenance professionals also operate Hennepin County Energy Center, which serves Hennepin County government buildings with similar services.

Minneapolis is a rapidly growing city, and Clearway Community Energy Minneapolis is designed to grow with it. New customers can easily sign on and experience the benefits of district energy.

Key Attributes

Reliability – Clearway Community Energy Minneapolis maintains a 99.99% reliability rating. Customers with critical needs for heating and cooling count on the system’s heating and cooling services.

Efficiency – Centralized plants are inherently more efficient than traditional, on-site boilers and chillers. This shared approach benefits customer budgets and the environment.

Cost Savings – In addition to the reliability and energy efficiency offered by district energy, the elimination of on-site equipment reduces construction costs. No capital investment is required for interconnection.

Operation and Maintenance – Our 24/7 operations and maintenance staff eliminates costly service calls and unpredictable downtime.

Architectural Design Flexibility – Absent the need of equipment in the building, property owners are able to increase leasable area and increase rental income and overall building value.

Environmental Protection – District energy systems are far more sustainable than on-site heating and cooling methods due to their efficient energy consumption. Signing on with a district energy system helps our customers meet their carbon reduction goals.

System Profile

System Type:District Energy - Steam and Chilled Water

Total Capacity:37,550 tons cooling, 1,075.2 Mlbs/hr heating

Distribution:39,000 ft steam and hot water distribution system, 24,900 ft chilled water distribution system

Types of Customers Served

  • Commercial and Industrial
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Municipal, County, State, and Federal Government
  • Residential Developments
  • Hotels
  • Ballparks

Notable Customers

  • US Bank Stadium
  • Target Center
  • IDS Center
  • Hennepin County
  • Fairview Health Services
Minneapolis Service Area


Clearway Community Energy Minneapolis

816 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Customer Emergency Contact (24/7)


Luke Gaalswyk

General Manager