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MINNEAPOLIS -- Xcel Energy this week recognized companies that have achieved exceptional energy and environmental savings in 2006, during its 2007 energy conservation awards.
“We want to recognize businesses that go beyond basic energy-efficiency improvements and make significant strides to reduce energy use and help the environment,” said Deb Sundin, Director of Xcel Energy’s Energy Efficiency Marketing. “These businesses set a strong example for other companies looking to lower energy bills, and reduce power-plant and greenhouse gas emissions.”
2006 Minnesota Energy Conservation Award winners:
· Electricity – most projects completed – General Mills (22 projects)
· Electricity – greatest energy savings – Flint Hills Resources (8.7 million kWh)
· Natural Gas – most projects completed – South Washington County Schools (23 projects)
· Natural Gas – greatest energy savings – University of Minnesota (1.5 million therms)
More than 7,000 businesses participated in Xcel Energy’s conservation programs during 2006. In total, their efforts saved more than 244 gigawatt-hours of electricity, and more than 482 million pounds of carbon dioxide – enough to remove more than 47,000 passenger vehicles from the road for the year. Participating businesses saved an average of $2,100 in energy costs for the year. Since 1992, Xcel Energy’s customers’ conservation efforts have saved enough electricity to avoid building approximately nine mid-sized (250-megawatt) power plants.
The awards were part of Xcel Energy’s Conservation Expo 2007 for business customers and trade allies, held Sept. 11, 2007, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Nearly 400 business customers participated in the expo, which showcases energy-saving programs and ideas for businesses.
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