St. Cloud Awarded For Energy Efficiency

St. Cloud Awarded For Energy Efficiency Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The City of St. Cloud has been recognized for its outstanding achievements in energy efficiency.

Xcel Energy awarded St. Cloud with their Recognition of Excellence Award at the Energy Efficiency Expo in St. Paul.

The city has implemented numerous measures to save energy, with a lot of those at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

More efficient lighting, cooling and fluid system optimization in the treatment process have been saving the plant over 1.5 million kilowatts a year.

Other improvements like LED street lights, solar panel installations and new HVAC systems in city buildings are also cutting down on St. Cloud's energy use.

Assistant Public Utilities Director Tracy Hodel says the city is making a concerted effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

"We are doing several energy initiatives, we're not just doing solar, we're not just doing biofuel, we're not just doing streetlights, we're doing all of it at one time."

A biofuel generator at the plant caught the eye of Xcel during the awards.

Hodel says a very important piece to the plant's energy efficiency is the biofuel generator.

"Which takes a gas byproduct that's produced during the digestion process of the solids that come here and then it converts it to electrical energy that we use on site."

Xcel says St. Cloud has become a leader in energy related initiatives and projects, actively sharing its insight with other cities.





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