One-Stop Efficiency Shop's® 13 Year Impact
The One-Stop Efficiency Shop is a full-service rebate program available to small businesses in Xcel Energy's Minnesota service territory. The program is designed to save business owners energy and money through the installation of energy efficient lighting by specifically targeting barriers that prevent small businesses from investing in energy efficiency products: limited financial resources and time, limited knowledge of lighting products and lack of access to quality contractors. To address these issues the program offers:
- Substantial incentives combined with convenient and attractive financing
- Intensive marketing to bring the service to the customer, rather than relying on the customer to seek it out
- Objective recommendations backed by the credibility of Xcel Energy service
- A simple, one-stop service that holds customer time requirements to a minimum
- A computerized audit/data communication and reporting system that generates all site-specific paperwork
- Evaluation of customers' motors, heating/air conditioning equipment and compressed air systems to determine if they are eligible for other Xcel Energy programs
One-Stop Efficiency Shop serves some of the smallest businesses that have the fewest resources and greatest barriers to overcome in order to participate. Over half of program participants had a peak demand of 50 kW or less and a significant portion of this energy demand is often inefficient lighting technology. One-Stop Efficiency Shop's connections to rebates and attractive financing make it possible for these small business to upgrade their lighting to updated technologies, like light emitting diodes (LED’s). The $190 million in reduced ratepayer costs the One-Stop Efficiency Shop has generated confirms the success of the program's focus on full-service design for small business.
2000-2013 One-Stop Efficiency Shop participation by county.
Another impact of the One-Stop Efficiency Shop is that it preserves and creates high quality jobs for local vendors and Minnesota small business owners. Over the course of the program, the One-Stop Efficiency Shop has partnered with over 600 lighting suppliers and electrical contractors. Along with this an estimated $105 million has been funneled back into the Minnesota economy through vendors who have worked with the program. Not only are there direct jobs that are created from installing new lighting systems, there are job benefits for the businesses that receive services through the One-Stop Efficiency Shop. By upgrading to efficient lighting, participating businesses save money on utility bills which can be reinvested into the business and its employees.
CEE estimates that for the past twelve years the One-Stop Efficiency Shop has supported the equivalent of a company that employs 112 full-time people.
CEE is proud to provide the One-Stop Efficiency Shop. We value the strong working relationship we have developed with Xcel Energy and believe the program provides an excellent energy efficiency service to small business customers in Minnesota.