Welcome back to downtown! It is great to see more people walking around, dining at restaurants, and enjoying the great amenities that Saint Paul has to offer.
The longer days and increased activity downtown are reminders that spring is here. Soon, buildings will be switching from a focus on heating to cooling. As you welcome workers and customers back into your businesses and buildings, please reach out to our team if you have any questions about how increased activity and any new or enhanced building operations could impact your cooling energy use.
As we look ahead to cooling season, other initiatives at District Energy are in full swing. We have seen an increase in registrations for our Customer Portal, and we encourage you to sign up if you have not already. The City of Saint Paul’s Benchmarking deadline is June 1, and the District Energy Customer Portal allows you to transfer your building’s energy usage data directly to the Energy Star Portfolio Manager to meet the City’s benchmarking requirements. Our team will be offering training sessions to walk through this process in April and May. Please reach out if you or your team is interested in attending a session via zoom.
Lastly, at the end of March the District Energy St. Paul team said goodbye to Jeff Volovsek. We wish Jeff the best as he embarks on his next endeavor to grow and expand his family business. Jeff has been an invaluable part of the District Energy team for the past 16 years. He will be missed by colleagues and customers alike. We have a team to support your needs through this transition. Please reach out if you have any questions or need any support. We are always here and ready to help 651-297-8955 or email@example.com.
Minnesota Children’s Museum Highlight
Minnesota Children’s Museum has been a staple in the Twin Cities for over 40 years and offers unique experiences and educational opportunities for children and families. Since connecting to the District Energy system in 2015 the museum has seen significant reduction in energy costs and improved energy efficiency.
Over the last 6 years, District Energy has worked closely with Minnesota Children’s Museum to utilize data to identify opportunities for more efficient use of energy throughout the building. Godfrey Jackson, operations manager at Minnesota Children’s Museum, emphasized that these initiatives have allowed the museum to look at the system in its entirety and set baselines, notifications, and alerts for cooling demands, heating demands, and static pressure which have resulted in energy reductions and improved efficiency.
Godfrey explains his experience working with District Energy, “Having heat exchangers with boilers, chillers, water heaters, and cooling towers off-site, managed by District Energy, has optimized our HVAC heating and cooling equipment for hot water and chilled water. As a result, any spikes in energy consumption are easily detectable with prompt notifications, making it more effortless to change the system to increase efficiency.” In summary, Godfrey explains, “Effective collaboration with the District Energy staff has been rewarding and allowed our team to understand how the system works in relation to our internal system while the main goal remains to conserve energy and gain more control to reduce the carbon footprint on the planet.”
The District Energy team is always willing and available to help with your questions and energy projects. Minnesota Children’s Museum stands as a testament to the potential of efficient systems and the power of great partnership. It has been a pleasure working with Minnesota Children’s Museum team to find a common goal and work together to achieve great results.
Portal Benchmark Training
The City of Saint Paul’s Benchmarking deadline is June 1, 2022. The District Energy Customer Portal can link with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager and transfer your building’s energy usage data directly to meet the City’s benchmarking requirements.
Our team is offering three virtual learning sessions to help customers get personalized assistance with setting up this process. In an effort to ensure that each participant receives individualized assistance, spots will be limited in each session. We encourage you to reserve your place as soon as possible.
If you are interested in attending a session with our team please reach out to Madalyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-925-8129
Accepting Applications for Energy Efficiency Program
District Energy is interested in hearing how we can support our customers with their energy efficiency goals and offer engineering and financial support. An energy efficiency program application is available on our website. Customer project support will be determined on a rolling basis, as resources allow. Customers can contact the District Energy team with questions at 651-297-8955 or email@example.com
We Are Hiring
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