Customer Support

Get Started

  1. Select a study provider and obtain a study proposal and Addendum A (XLS) from your provider:
  2. Apply for a study preapproval in one of the following ways:
    • Submit a preapproval application online, including your study proposal and Addendum A. Note: The online application process takes about 15 minutes, and please not that if you exit during the application process, your work will not be saved.
    • Complete and return a preapproval application (PDF), including your study proposal and Addendum A (XLS) to your Xcel Energy account manager or Business Solutions Center representative.
    • Call your Xcel Energy account manager or our Business Solutions Center at 1-888-839-8862 if you have questions about how to get started.

3. We’ll review your application and let you know how much study funding you qualify for. Once preapproved, you can begin your study.

4. When your study is finished, we’ll review the recommendations and energy savings calculations and let you know what additional rebates you qualify for.

5. After your study is approved and paid for, download the study rebate application (PDF) and submit that to us. Invoices must be included with the application.

6. Implement the recommissioning measures you choose and submit your signed application to receive your recommissioning rebate (if you implement other types of measures, you may need to apply for one or more of our other business rebates).

What to Expect

Our Recommissioning program covers both previously commissioned buildings (Recommissioning) and buildings that were never formally commissioned through Xcel Energy (Retrocommissioning).

Examples of typical recommissioning measures include:

  • Calibration/tune-up of Energy Management System points
  • Adjustment of outside air and return dampers
  • Resetting the chilled water and hot water supply temperatures
  • Optimizing start/stop of air handlers and makeup air units (early shutdown in the evening, late start in the morning)
  • Resetting of a chiller’s condenser water temperature
  • Eliminating simultaneous heating and cooling

We require that study providers look for measures outlined in Addendum A (PDF).

Benefits

With our Recommissioning program, your business can:

  • Be eligible for rebates on both the cost of the study and measures implemented.

  • Save as much as 15 percent on energy bills.

  • Earn valuable credits for environmental programs and increase your ENERGY STAR® score.

  • Achieve comfortable and convenient energy efficiency for both your organization and/or tenants.

  • Increase equipment life and reduce wear and tear.

  • Receive independent, objective and expert direction on energy-saving options.

Recommissioning

Identify low-and no-cost energy-savings solutions for your business.

Over time, changes in building equipment and occupancy can significantly make an impact on energy costs, employee comfort and productivity. Building owners looking to reduce energy usage can improve their facility performance through a Building Recommissioning study. For many facilities, the savings can be as high as 15 percent of the total energy bill1.

A Recommissioning study will look to improve the efficiency of existing building operations by identifying and tuning up less-than-optimal equipment within your facility.

Energy and money-saving incentives

Taking a whole-building approach to energy efficiency is essential for realizing lasting savings in commercial buildings. Listed below are the rebate opportunities offered through our Recommissioning program:

Why participate in a Recommissioning study?

Our Recommissioning program covers both previously commissioned buildings (Recommissioning) and buildings that were never formally commissioned through Xcel Energy (Retrocommissioning).

Examples of typical Recommissioning improvements include:

How to Get Started

If you choose to work with us on your Recommissioning study, we will fund up to 75 percent of the cost of your study, not to exceed $25,000. If you have completed a study on your own, you may still qualify for implementation rebates through our fast-track option.

The study includes:

  1. An assessment of operating mechanical systems
  2. A written report that includes energy-saving recommendations

Step 1 - Diagnosis (Recommissioning Study)

  1. Complete and return the study funding application (PDF), your study proposal and Addendum A (filled out by your provider) to get started. You can also call your Xcel Energy account manager, our Business Solutions Center at 855-839-8862, or apply online.

  2. We will review your application and let you know how much study funding you qualify for. Once preapproved, you can begin your study.

  3. When your study is finished, we’ll review the recommendations and energy savings calculations and let you know what additional rebates you qualify for.

  4. After your study is approved and paid for, submit the completed study payment portion of the study funding application (PDF) to us with invoices matching the study cost.

Step 2 - Implementation

You choose which measures to implement. You may earn rebates on electric or natural gas equipment that cover up to 60 percent of the cost of making improvements.

  1. Implement the recommissioning measures you choose and submit your signed application to receive your rebate. If you implement other types of measures, you may need to apply for one or more of our other business rebates.

Addendum A - Required Measures (XLS)
Recommissioning Study Rebate Application (PDF)
Fast-track Rebate Application (PDF)

Building Operator Certification partial tuition

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures. If you are interested in attending BOC training, we are now offering partial tuition reimbursement.

Through BOC training, you can earn your certificate in 74 hours of class time and project time. For more information, please view our Feature Sheet.

To register for a series in the future, please visit http://boccentral.org/training-minnesota

Additional Information & Materials

Recommissioning Info Sheet (PDF)
Recommissioning Process Flow Chart (PDF)
Recommissioning Guidebook (PDF)
Recommissioning Service Providers List (PDF)

Case Studies


Case Study - Grace Church (PDF)
Case Study - North Memorial Ambulatory (PDF)
Case Study - Regions Hospital (PDF)
Case Study - Saint Paul RiverCentre (PDF)
Case Study - Southtown Office Park (PDF)
Case Study- Birch Grove Elementary (PDF)

1 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory “The Cost-Effectiveness of Commissioning New and Existing Commercial Buildings: Lessons from 224 Buildings”  http://evanmills.lbl.gov/pubs/pdf/ncbc_mills_6apr05.pdf

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