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.
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: January 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.
Workshop 1 | July 19, 2016
Introduction to the Partners in Energy planning process
Share St. Cloud community's energy snapshot
Discuss principles that will underpin the vision and action plan
Workshop 2 | August 18, 2016
Establish a community energy vision statement
Brainstorm and discuss community opportunities and potential areas of focus
Workshop 3 | September 22, 2016
Develop focus areas
Review draft goals and goal structuring
Develop draft community level goal
Workshop 4 | (scheduled for) October 18, 2016
Workshop 5 | (scheduled for) November 17, 2016
For additional information or questions about Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy and the collaboration with the St. Cloud community, please contact Tracy Hodel at (320) 255-7226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.