Xcel Energy serves 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers in eight Western and Midwestern states: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Xcel Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for exceptional delivery of its ENERGY STAR qualified homes program. Key accomplishments include:
· Recruiting new builders and rating companies for a total of 300 builders and 30 rating companies participating in the ENERGY STAR Homes programs in Minnesota and Colorado.
· Achieving a 50 percent market penetration of ENERGY STAR qualified homes in Minnesota and a 40 percent market penetration in Colorado.
· Sponsoring the construction of more than 3,600 ENERGY STAR qualified homes in 2010 for a total of over 9,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes sponsored since Xcel Energy's ENERGY STAR Homes program began.
· Sponsoring a free training seminar for builders and realtors to help prepare them for the changes in ENERGY STAR Version 3; this seminar also educated the nearly 200 participants on how to construct and sell qualified homes.