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.
|State||Spending||Electric Concervation & Load Management||Gas||Gas Conservation|
|Participants||Generator kW||Generator kWh||Participants||Dth Saved|
Read about our energy efficiency programs for customers.
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:
|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)|
Learn more about LEED certification.