Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of our clean energy strategy. Today we help customers manage their energy consumption through one of the largest energy saving program portfolios in the United States. Customers save money, and we avoid emissions and the need to purchase or produce additional power.

Since we began consistently tracking energy efficiency results in 1992, we estimate our customers have saved enough electricity to help us avoid the need for approximately seventeen 250-megawatt generating plants. In 2014, Xcel Energy customers saved about 982 gigawatt-hours of electricity through our energy efficiency programs, enough to prevent more than 550,000 tons of CO2 for the year, as well as other emissions. With results like this, energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways for our company to reduce emissions and meet growing clean air requirements.

2014 Energy Efficiency Program Results: Conservation and Load Management1
State Spending Electric Concervation & Load Management Gas Gas Conservation
Participants Generator kW Generator kWh Participants Dth Saved
MN $100,858,729 2,092,507 114,023 481,325,941 582,405 849,698
CO $76,962,284 601,572 80,957 391,615,207 276,026 606,995
WI $11,288,934 8,119 10,303 55,524,707 5,912 296,285
TX $2,557,292 1,445 5,010 11,961,804 n/a n/a
NM $7,809,444 35,245 6,649 36,435,342 n/a n/a
SD $773,574 89,136 2,651 4,452,786 n/a n/a
MI $355,670 2,730 0 1,377,030 563 8,482
ND $375,522 398 479 7,626 1,609 13,567
Total $200,981,449 2,831,152 220,073 982,700,443 866,515 1,775,027

Conservation at Xcel Energy Facilities

Just as we encourage customers to use energy efficiently, Xcel Energy looks for opportunities to use energy more efficiently at our own facilities. In 2008, our Property Services department developed the Sustainable Facilities Management program to align its activities with the company’s commitment to the environment. In 2014, three teams were organized to manage a number of environmental impacts associated with our buildings:

  • Conservation Team
    • Energy management
    • Water conservation
  • Environmental Safety Team
    • Indoor air quality
    • Water quality—well monitoring
    • Green cleaning
    • Site product safety—GREENGUARD Certified
    • Lighting fixture and refrigerant compliance
  • Sustainable Design Team
    • LEED certification

The program’s accomplishments include:

  • More than 8 million kilowatt-hours have been saved through the energy management initiative over the past five years. In 2015, the company will save another 750,000 kilowatt-hours through targeted energy reductions.
  • Over the past five years, 143,176 therms of natural gas have been saved through the initiative, and an additional 20,000 therms will be saved in 2015.
  • Almost 4.2 million gallons of water have been saved over the past five years, and another 300,000 gallons are expected to be saved in 2015.

LEED Certified Facilities

We continue to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for our facilities. LEED is a U.S. Green Building Council certification program that recognizes sustainable building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED certification has four levels—Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum—based on achievement in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment quality.

Xcel Energy currently owns 14 facilities throughout our eight operating regions that are LEED certified:

Building Location Certification
1800 Larimer Denver, Colo. LEED Platinum Certified
401 Nicollet Mall Headquarters Minneapolis, Minn. LEED Silver Certified (registered)
Alamosa Service Center Alamosa, Colo. LEED Certified
Arvada Service Center Arvada, Colo. LEED Silver Certified
Ashland Service Center Ashland, Wis. LEED Silver Certified
Carlsbad Service Center Carlsbad, N.M. LEED Certified (pending)
Faribault Service Center Faribault, Minn. LEED Certified (pending)
Greeley Service Center Greeley, Colo. LEED Certified
Hugo Training Center Hugo, Minn. LEED Silver Certified (pending)
Montrose Service Center Montrose, Minn. LEED Certified
Maple Grove Fleet Building Maple Grove, Minn. LEED Certified
Newport Service Center Newport, Minn. LEED Certified
Red Wing Service Center Red Wing, Minn. LEED Certified (registered)
St. Cloud Service Center St. Cloud, Minn. LEED Certified (registered)

Additional Resources

Learn more about LEED certification.

Leading Environmental Commitment