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2014 Kilowatt Crackdown

Record 110 buildings join Kilowatt Crackdown

Greater Saint Paul BOMA and BOMA Greater Minneapolis, together with Xcel Energy, recognized the winners of the Third Annual Kilowatt Crackdown, an energy conservation initiative. Awards were presented at a ceremony on April 3rd, 2014 by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken also endorsed the Kilowatt Crackdown, saying, “This year’s cold weather makes it all the more clear how important energy efficiency is, especially for buildings, which use over 1/3 of our energy. Retrofitting buildings saves money for owners and tenants, it creates jobs in manufacturing and the building trades, it’s good for the environment and it creates better spaces to live and work in.”

The year-long Kilowatt Crackdown contest challenges Twin Cities area commercial building owners to improve their buildings’ efficiency.  A total of 110 buildings in the Twin Cities participated, representing 41 million square feet of space. Collectively, these companies saved 9.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Using the Environmental Protection Agency’s equivalency tool, the savings equate to a reduction of 6,910 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or taking 1,440 vehicles off the road. It’s also enough electricity to power more than 650 homes for a year.

“Kilowatt Crackdown is an excellent program to celebrate the hard work BOMA members put into reducing their energy consumption,” said Joe Spartz, President of Greater Saint Paul BOMA.  “Everyone wins when commercial buildings take the necessary steps to become more efficient.” 

Companies implemented changes such as retrofitting lighting, upgrading motors and variable frequency drives, buying higher efficiency heating or cooling equipment and conducting building tune-ups. Xcel Energy distributed roughly $800,000 in rebates.

“We thank BOMA for developing this program and recognizing conservation achievements,” said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Company – Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. “We also congratulate every building owner who participated in the Kilowatt Crackdown. Taking advantage of our energy efficiency programs makes a lot of sense. It saves money, helps the environment and affects everyone’s bottom line.”

Well Fargo Place, managed by Unilev Corporation, won two awards.  They took home the Kilowatt Cup as the best performer in St. Paul.  The also won in the metro-wide category of buildings greater than 500,000 square feet.   

According to ENERGY STAR, energy represents the single largest operating expense for commercial buildings. The Kilowatt Crackdown not only improves a business’ economic competitiveness, it also helps expand the energy conservation industry by creating jobs and a national center of expertise. Additionally, it reduces the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.

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