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Xcel Energy Recognized for Leadership in Rooftop Unit Efficiency
Commercial cooling installations save customers $230,000 annually



April 27, 2017

Xcel Energy recently was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy on behalf of the Better Building's Alliance's Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign for being the utility with the highest number of high-efficiency rooftop unit or RTU installations through an efficiency program by a supporting partner.

The award was announced April 19 at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association conference in Dallas.

Xcel Energy's program installed 2,484 high-efficiency RTUs in Colorado in 2016, resulting in an estimated savings of 2.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), worth $230,000 annually. Rooftop units are a common cooling method used for cooling commercial and industrial buildings. Roughly 60 percent of commercial floor space nationwide is cooled by roof top units.

"For years, Xcel Energy has offered rebates to our customers as incentive to offset the cost of high efficiency equipment," says Kim Spickard, Xcel Energy Product Portfolio Manager. "We're happy to receive this award on behalf of our customers who made the right choice by saving energy and money for years to come."

Since 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy on behalf of the Better Buildings Alliance's Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign, annually recognizes organizations for their energy efficiency leadership in replacing and upgrading RTUs in commercial buildings.

This year, Xcel Energy is one of eight organizations being recognized. Through efficient RTU replacements, retrofits, and quality management and operations in 2016 alone, these organizations' efforts collectively saved an estimated 600 billion British thermal units (Btu) or more than $5.6 million on utility costs. Over the lifetime of the Campaign, 81 partners have upgraded 77,000 RTUs for annual energy savings of 7 trillion Btu and $66 million in cost savings.

For more information about Xcel Energy's business rebate programs, please visit xcelenergy.com.

About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Advanced RTU Campaign: The Advanced RTU Campaign is a market transformation initiative that encourages commercial building owners and operators to improve the efficiency of roof top units across the country. By replacing old RTUs with more efficient units, and retrofitting existing RTUs with advanced controls, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment. Reducing a building's cooling and ventilating energy consumption by 20-50% can save as much as $3,700 per RTU equivalent to $6.7 billion and 670 trillion Btu annually. Learn more and join the Campaign here http://www.advancedrtu.org/join.html.

About the Better Buildings Alliance: The Better Buildings Alliance technology campaigns, like the Advanced RTU Campaign, involve public and private sector organizations across the country working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency and catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency. The Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance advances the Administration's goal of achieving 20% energy savings by 2020. Read more about Better Buildings' partner results, and the innovative solutions being shared with others in the Better Buildings Solution Center

For more information:

Organization:
Xcel Energy, Inc.

Address:
414 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States, 55401
www.xcelenergy.com
Tel: 612-330-5500


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