Business Energy Assessments

Affordable large building energy assessments for Xcel Energy Minnesota commercial customers.

Partner with us to optimize your energy systems

Identify low- and no-cost solutions and practical capital improvements to reduce energy waste at your large commercial facility.
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Detailed Equipment Survey

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Energy Efficiency Recommendations

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Return on Investment Analysis

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Rebate & Implementation Assistance

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How the program works

1. Apply for a free, no-commitment building screening
2. Review assessment proposal and Xcel Energy co-funding opportunities
3. Schedule a whole-building assessment
4. Receive a comprehensive energy management roadmap
5. Implement solutions with guidance from our team
6. Receive rebates or incentives based on implemented solutions

More information about the program

Large commercial buildings using over 750,000 kWh annually will benefit the most from the BEA program. The building must be located in Minnesota and receive commercial electric service from Xcel Energy.

CEE investigates all major energy uses in your facility to identify low- and no-cost solutions and capital improvement projects. The CEE team performs a whole-building assessment including analysis of:  

  • HVAC recommissioning opportunities for air-handling units including:
    • Air leakage reduction
    • Coil cleaning
    • Economizer optimization
    • Outside air reduction
    • Run time reduction
    • Supply air static pressure adjustments/reset
    • Air temperature reset
    • Variable air volume (VAV) minimum flow reduction
    • Unoccupied setback
  • Commercial refrigeration recommissioning opportunities
  • Lighting schedule adjustments
  • Cost-effective capital improvements for all major energy consuming end uses (e.g., lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, motors, etc.)

CEE engineers will spend four to six hours assessing your facility. You will receive a report detailing recommended energy efficiency projects within 60 days. Each project recommendation will include estimated energy savings and project costs, potential rebates, and a simple payback analysis.

CEE will guide you through the entire project implementation process from helping coordinate contractor bids to assisting with Xcel Energy rebate paperwork. CEE engineers will develop a customized facility guide detailing existing equipment, recommendations on best operating practices, and step by step instructions for implementing energy efficiency and conservation opportunities.

Yes, Business Energy Assessments are comparable, but not limited to, ASHRAE Level II audits. The table below highlights information provided from ASHRAE Level I, II, and III audits. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy.)

Level I Audit Report Level II Audit Report Level III Audit Report
  • Executive Summary
  • Brief facilities description
  • Scope of audit/ Methodology
  • Preliminary Analysis Findings, including benchmark and end use results
  • List of no-cost and low-cost energy measures
  • Potential measures for further consideration
  • All Items from Level I Audit
  • More comprehensive energy end use analysis
  • Description of building systems and major equipment
  • Financial analysis of EEMs
  • Description of energy efficiency measures considered and not recommended or not financially viable
  • Description of energy efficiency measures recommended
  • Summary table with measure name, installed cost, energy savings by utility, and O&M savings
  • Capital Intensive measures requiring Level III audit
  • Detailed energy analysis calculations
  • Measurement and verification (M&V) plan for verifying energy savings
  • All items from Level II Audit
  • Detailed information on capital intensive measures – including schematics, equipment lists, equipment specifications, design sequences and costs
  • Highly detailed financial evaluation


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