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Energy efficiency champs: A Colorado utility and a Pacific Northwest program

Xcel, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance take top honors

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A Colorado utility and a Pacific Northwest program for innovation in the design of industrial energy efficiency programs have been named Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The awards, presented at the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, go to outstanding leaders involved with advancing industrial energy efficiency and recognize leadership and accomplishment in the field. Winners were selected based on demonstrated excellence in leadership, program implementation, energy policy, and private sector initiatives. Two of the four 2011 winners are:

  • Xcel Energy Industrial Programs for creativity and persistence in delivering exemplary energy efficiency programs to industrial customers, and for providing leadership and support to the electric and natural gas utility industry in the design and implementation of industrial energy efficiency programs. The Xcel Energy industrial programs, led by the efforts in Minnesota and Colorado, have for many years been noted as among the best designed and most responsive to industrial customers' needs.
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) Industrial Program for innovation in the design of industrial energy efficiency programs, and collaboration with industrial customers in the Northwest to transform the market for industrial energy efficiency, charting a path for other regional programs .Almost a decade ago, NEEA embarked on an industrial program path different from most other programs in the country by establishing long-term working relationships with key industrial groups in its region.

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