Xcel Energy

Minneapolis, Minnesota

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

As a leading energy provider operating in eight western and midwestern states, Xcel Energy provides energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers. Xcel Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for the continued exceptional delivery of its ENERGY STAR certified new homes program. Key accomplishments in 2011 include:

 

·         Achieving a market penetration of 60 percent in Minnesota and 47 percent in Colorado.

·         Recruiting an additional 12 builders and two rating companies in Minnesota for a total of more than 125 builders and 16 rating companies actively participating in its ENERGY STAR New Homes program. The top 10 builders in the state all participate in the program.

·         Partnering with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) to help bring the ENERGY STAR New Homes program to more builders and to showcase energy-efficient homes during the 2011 Energy-Efficient Home on Tour event.

·         Holding free seminars and training sessions for builders and realtors to explain ENERGY STAR Version 3 and to help transition the programs builders to the next specification.

·         Recruiting over 100 home builders to attend Colorado's annual ENERGY STAR summit for which Xcel was the primary sponsor. Builders and other stakeholders learned about the benefits of participating in the ENERGY STAR program.