Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Electricity vs. Built Square Footage over Time

Via Brendon Slotterback’s Twitter, here’s a chart showing Minneapolis’ energy use and “built square footage” (i.e. the total amount of buildings) over time:

electricity v sq ft in Minneapolis chart

As Slotterback says:

Minneapolis’ total electricity use has declined 4% since ’06 while total square footage has increased 5.5%.

At the global scale, preventing out of control climate change requires de-linking GDP from CO2 emissions. At the local scale, it’s nice to see that at least we’re (kinda sorta) delinking energy use from population growth.  I’d bet much of this has to do with improved efficiency and/or smaller units.

PS. How on earth does one get “total built square footage data”? Tax rolls?

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.