Newsletter – APRIL 2015

Excel Energy recognizes HumeraTech for Efficiency Controls Program  

HumeraTech is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the 2015 Energy Efficiency Partner Award from Excel Energy for the Efficiency Controls Program.

Xcel Energy recently recognized 36 Minnesota businesses for their outstanding efforts to help customers save energy. The awards, presented April 9 at Pinstripes in Edina, recognized contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to Xcel Energy’s Minnesota conservation programs in 2014. 

These 36 companies saved customers 56 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 83,000 dekatherms of natural gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, that’s the equivalent of powering 5,900 homes for a year.

Xcel Energy offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and municipal customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. Through the help of this group of partners, Xcel Energy distributed $5,960,000 in energy efficiency rebates for the various projects completed.

“Xcel Energy has aggressive energy conservation goals and our trade partners are valuable allies that help us reach these goals,” said Jeff Jackson, Xcel Energy channel manager. “These are the people who make energy projects happen that ultimately help our customers and the environment through reduced energy bills and lower greenhouse gas emissions.”


Retrofitting for increased energy efficiency 

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A newly revised standard from global building technology society NASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) seeks to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofitting existing buildings for increased energy efficiency.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofit of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to achieve greater measured energy efficiency. Appendices are included for life-cycle cost analysis procedures as well as identification of potential energy conservation measures.