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Contest participants save enough electricity to power more than 715 homes for a year
MINNEAPOLIS – The Building Owners and Managers Associations of Greater Minneapolis and Greater St. Paul today joined Xcel Energy in announcing the winners of the second annual Kilowatt Crackdown, an energy conservation initiative. The year-long contest challenged Twin Cities area building owners to improve their buildings’ efficiency.
“We’d like to congratulate every building owner who participated in the Kilowatt Crackdown,” said Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. “Taking advantage of our energy efficiency programs makes a lot of sense. It saves money and, of course, helps the environment. In our book, they’re all winners.”
A total of 74 buildings in the Twin Cities participated, saving more than 9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Using the Environmental Protection Agency’s equivalency tool, the savings equate to a reduction of 6,350 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or taking 1,325 vehicles off the road. It’s also enough electricity to power more than 715 homes for a year.
Companies implemented changes such as retrofitting lighting, upgrading motors and variable frequency drives, buying higher efficiency heating or cooling equipment and conducting building tune-ups. Xcel Energy distributed roughly $1 million in rebates.
Xcel Energy provided assistance by helping building managers determine a list of suggested improvements and locating stimulus funding and rebates to help offset the cost of improvements.
“BOMA members are already recognized as industry leaders in sustainable building efforts,” said Kevin Lewis, executive director of BOMA Greater Minneapolis. “This is yet another example of forward thinking collaboration to achieve extraordinary energy and cost efficiencies.”
“This is an incredible, proven program and opportunity to further leverage expertise and funding sources to create even greater energy savings for our buildings and our tenants,” said Pat Skinner, chair of the BOMA Greater St. Paul board.
The winners are:
Kilowatt Cup (Best in Show)
Minneapolis winner: Gray Freshwater Center
St. Paul winner: HealthPartners/Gillette Specialty Center
Highest Performing Buildings
Less than 100,000 square feet: Gray Freshwater Center
100,000 – 500,000 square feet: Northland Plaza
Greater than 500,000 square feet: U.S. Bancorp Center
Most Valuable Tenant Award
Winner: Thrivent Financial
The Kilowatt Crackdown partners include Xcel Energy, BOMA Greater Minneapolis, BOMA Greater St. Paul, the St. Paul Port Authority through its Trillion BTU project and the city of Minneapolis through its financing programs.
According to ENERGY STAR, energy represents the single largest operating expense for commercial buildings. The Kilowatt Crackdown not only improves a business’ economic competitiveness, it also helps expand the energy conservation industry by creating new “green jobs” and creates a national center of expertise. Additionally, it reduces the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.
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