Xcel Energy’s annual expo highlights success stories, shares ways to lower bills
Xcel Energy hosted its annual Energy Efficiency Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre recently, awarding six customers for their outstanding energy efficiency achievements. The utility’s event encourages customers to learn from each other’s best practices in energy efficiency to help them save energy and money.
More than 400 Minnesota Xcel Energy business customers and trade partners attended the event, which featured teams of energy experts from the utility and outside organizations providing advice on reducing energy costs, incorporating sustainability into their business practices and learning about resources and rebates available from Xcel Energy. Highlights of the event included energy conservation breakout sessions specifically targeted to new technologies in the industry, lighting trends, and electric vehicles.
“We are now offering our customers more energy efficiency program and rebate choices than ever to help them keep their energy bills low and get started on new energy efficiency projects,” said Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy director of customer solutions. “This expo is a forum to collaborate with our customers and trade partners to offer tangible ways to save energy and money.”
New this year, the utility created Recognition of Excellence awards, designed to honor Xcel Energy’s Minnesota business customers who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to energy efficiency.
Malteurop of Winona was one of the companies recognized for its efforts completed in 2017 using Xcel Energy’s Commercial Energy Efficiency programs, long-term strategies and leadership. Malteurop completed a series of projects at the Winona plant to reduce the energy required to produce malt. The projects produced energy savings of 2,441,880 kWh of electricity and 68,696 Dth of natural gas. Innovative methods included improving germination fan control; optimizing humidification, which reduced chiller and pumping energy use; heat recovery and recirculation of kiln air; installing variable frequency drives; and LED lighting retrofits. Upcoming efforts include projects to improve steep air, dust collection, and lighting, and sharing 2017 success stories with other Malteurop plants across the globe to help the company improve efficiencies and performance.
For more information on Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency programs, visit www.xcelenergy.com.