Partners in Energy

Partners in Energy is a collaboration between communities and Xcel Energy.  The collaboration is designed to help communities create, meet, and expand local sustainability goals and develop strategies for achieving these goals. The City of St. Cloud applied to become a Partners in Energy community in early 2016. The City sees this as an opportunity to bring the benefits of clean energy to the broader community and to renew energy related goals.

Xcel Partners in Energy logo

Community Input


The City of St. Cloud is looking into how our community uses and thinks about energy. Your insight is needed! Please answer this short survey to help inform energy outreach strategies in our community. Thank you!

​Planning and Implementation


Planning Phase: June 2016 - December 2017
The partnership begins with a Planning Phase lead by community leaders and facilitated by Xcel Energy.  Five workshops help the Community Planning Team evaluate community needs, interests, and energy information to create an Energy Vision and an Energy Action Plan.

Implementation Phase: April 2017 - May 2018
After planning is the implementation phase during which time the community, with support from Xcel Energy, works to implement near-term goals and prepare for long-term goal action.  Beyond this collaborative implementation time frame, the community will continue to pursue the energy vision created during planning.

Summary of Goals



Education     Conservation   Renewable Energy   
Increase energy awareness for individuals regarding actions and behaviors that reduce energy use and benefit future generations.   Double utility conservation program participation for both residential and small to medium-sized businesses in Year 1.

Save $638,000 in energy costs community wide in Year 1.

Maintain program participation at 70% above business as usual after Year 1.
  Help institutions and industrial businesses replace 21.8 million kWh of electricity with renewable energy by 2026 via installation, purchase or subscription.  

Additional Resources


Partners in Energy Action Plan
Our Community Energy Action Plan
Energy Action Planning Guide
Partners in Energy FAQs

For additional information or questions about Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy and the collaboration with the St. Cloud community, please contact Jim Flaaen at (320) 255-7218 or Tracy Hodel at (320) 255-7226.