Each year, Xcel Energy, Inc. (a utility holding company that serves more than 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers in 8 states) recognizes its top-performing commercial Trade Partners in their Energy Efficiency Partner Award program. EEI Colorado was honored to receive the award for the second year in a row! EEI was recognized as a key Trade Partners who helped Xcel’s commercial clients maximize their facility’s energy savings potential. Xcel factors in total rebate dollars paid, kWh, and Dekatherm savings when deciding on who will receive this coveted award. Bob Macauley of Xcel presented EEI Colorado’s Branch Manager with our award recently. EEI’s Colorado office also gained some valuable knowledge about other current energy efficiency activities in the Denver area, including:
- The City and County of Denver has initiated a Benchmarking Ordinance requiring all large commercial and multifamily buildings (over 25,000 SF) to assess and report their energy performance using the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Tool (EEI is an ENERGY STAR Partner that can help building owners perform this assessment and help earn ENERGY STAR certification for exceptionally high-performing buildings).
- Energize Denver has already posted a live map of the facilities that have been assessed with some fascinating information about local data.
- Any buildings in non-compliance after the June 1 deadline may be liable for a $2,000 fine.
Missed the deadline, but still need to get your facility’s benchmarking report completed? You can attend a help session through Energize Denver and talk to an Xcel representative about qualifying for rebates, contact the City and County of Denver to get more info, or even contact EEI at 303-239-8700 or Jarrell.Wenger@eeiengineers.com to start discussing options! The City requires updated benchmarking reports annually, and we can automate the annual updates so owners don’t have to worry about self-reporting year after year. We can also explore options such as energy audits, re-commissioning, and retrofits if your ENERGY STAR score is not up to par with the City’s standards.