Meet the team working to help businesses & manufacturers lower energy costs
CEE’s Energy Intelligence for Industry program helps Minnesota’s small to medium-sized businesses and manufacturers save money and electricity with detailed energy feedback delivered through an online dashboard.
Energy use is monitored and recorded in 15-minute intervals, enabling the customer to see when (and how much) power is consumed regularly. The program also provides a tailored assessment of each facility’s equipment; this helps the customer understand how equipment and operations impact energy use patterns, and how to conserve energy more effectively. CEE also offers equipment-based recommendations and connects customers to rebates available through other Xcel Energy programs.
In addition, Energy Intelligence is offered cost-free to small industrial customers with less than 400 kilowatts of monthly energy demand, who are located in Xcel Energy’s Minnesota service territory. Customer’s generally engage with the program for about two months before the equipment used for monitoring is removed.
At the heart of the program is its hardworking team of energy efficiency experts, who work with customers from across the state to implement low and no-cost solutions to energy challenges.
Meet the team:
Nicole Kessler manages the Energy Intelligence program and, prior to joining CEE, worked as an environmental, life support and thermal control systems flight controller for NASA’s International Space Station Program. She has a bachelor's degree in applied physics from the College of Saint Benedict and a master's degree in science, technology and environmental policy from the University of Minnesota. Nicole also serves on the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.
Devin Batkiewicz is an energy analyst for Energy Intelligence and has been with CEE since 2017. He is primarily focused on finding no-cost/low-cost energy saving options for Minnesota’s small and medium sized businesses. He has a B.A. in applied physics from Saint John’s University in Minnesota.
Jim Fermoyle is a program assistant and increases program participation for various CEE programs, including Energy Intelligence and the MERC Small Business Energy Savings Program, by calling and communicating with potential participants.
Energy Intelligence for Industry
Energy Intelligence program summary
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