Xcel Energy Virtual Energy Efficiency Forum

Join us for a special two-part webinar series dedicated to helping commercial and industrial customers improve the energy efficiency and productivity of their facility without compromising quality. The Virtual Energy Efficiency Forum is intended for Xcel Energy C&I customers and attendees are invited to interact with our expert faculty on the energy-related topics that interest them most. The Forum also features special program updates from FOCUS ON ENERGY®, PACE financing, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program. 

Hear what past attendees have to say about Miles Ryan's course. "This presentation is great for people that are new to commissioning and want to know the different distinctions, as well as what to do after retro-commissioning." 

Part 1: Making the case for ongoing commissioning

Presented by: Miles Ryan, Questions & Solutions Engineering
This webinar aired live on October, 21, 2021

Ongoing commissioning (OCx) has become an industry buzzword in recent years. Typically, OCx applies to new, high performance buildings, in which a building automation system (BAS) collects and analyzes performance data to help fine-tune the building’s operation. However, such high performance buildings make up a very small portion of the current building stock in the U.S. 

In this course, we’ll demonstrate how many existing buildings can greatly benefit from a simpler form of OCx. Despite the limitations of available data from such buildings, we can perform less sophisticated, but arguably equally beneficial processes to improve building performance. Just as no two buildings are alike—a common refrain in building operations—no two applications of ongoing commissioning should be alike, either. This presentation will detail case studies of buildings that have taken advantage of OCx services. We will cover the processes used, overall best practices, and the benefits of applying these concepts to a variety of buildings.

This course will also feature two special presentations on:
•    Focus on Energy programs and incentives update by Bill Lobner of Focus on Energy
•    PACE Wisconsin financing opportunities by Syed Abbas of Slipstream

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Define ongoing commissioning.
  2. Explain common aspects of an ongoing commissioning process in older, less sophisticated buildings.
  3. Discuss the best practices for ongoing commissioning in older, less sophisticated buildings.
  4. List the benefits ongoing commissioning provides.

Part 2: C&I production facility case study: Uncovering energy savings

Presented by: Rebecca Ellis, Questions & Solutions Engineering
This webinar will be live on November 4, 2021 from 10-11:30 am Central time

It’s no secret that industrial production facilities have a history of being high energy users. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for facility owners and operators to save energy without sacrificing their output quantity or quality. There are often many opportunities for quick and simple energy conversation improvements within their existing infrastructure and processes. 

In this course, we will demonstrate the value of energy assessments in commercial and industrial facilities through a case study on a custom packaging manufacturing plant. We will cover both the process and findings from the two-day energy assessment site visit. Although this case study focuses specifically on the industrial sector, the learnings can be applied to the commercial sector as well. 

This course will also feature a special presentation by Eli Levine introducing the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program. The Better Plants program partners with leading manufacturers and water utilities to improve energy efficiency and competitiveness in the industrial sector, saving money in the process. His presentation will showcase:
•    Free, proven tools that empower you to save energy – in your building, and in your processes.
•    Success stories from companies who’ve overcome the same challenges you face.
•    How to earn recognition for your energy savings and make your company a national environmental leader.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Design a two-day energy assessment site visit.
  2. Recognize and prioritize systems for investigation.
  3. Identify common commercial and industrial energy conservation opportunities.
  4. Facilitate energy conservation measure tracking and implementation.

Who should view:

The Virtual Energy Efficiency Forum is intended for facility managers, energy managers, building operators, plant engineers, and architects of large, medium, and small commercial and industrial buildings in the Xcel Energy service territory. 

If you need continuing education credits for these webinars, you will need to pass a quiz after each webinar with a score of 80% or higher. You will be able to view the webinars on-demand, take the quizzes, and complete the evaluations in Coassemble (Slipstream’s Learning Management System). Links are below. All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quizzes as soon as possible.

Credits for Parts 1 and 2

BOC These courses offer up to 1.5 points for BOC certified operators.

BOMI These webinars are approved for up to 1.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE These courses are geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offer up to 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs). The course participant must decide if these are qualifying courses as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code.

These courses will not be pre-approved for GBCI CE Hours or AIA LUs; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential(s), you can self-report credits (note that while AIA CES does accept self-reported education, some architecture licensing boards do not accept such courses).

Use the following links to either create an account (you only need to do this once) or go directly to the on-demand webinar. The quiz will be available immediately after the live broadcast ends and the on-demand recording will be posted within a few days of the live broadcast ending. These links will not be functional until AFTER the live broadcast/until the webinar is on-demand.

Part 1 link:
Part 2 link:

Part 1: Making the case for ongoing commissioning

  • Opening remarks from Xcel Energy
  • Introductions and definitions
  • Ongoing commissioning
  • Building operations organizational structure
  • Case study 1 - No onsite staff
  • Case study 2 - Limited onsite staff
  • Focus on Energy incentive program updates
  • PACE Wisconsin financing program updates
  • Q&A

Part 2: C&I production facility case study: Uncovering energy savings

  • Opening remarks from Xcel Energy
  • Process overview
  • Case study onsite triage
  • Case study findings
  • Case study documentation and follow up
  • Introduction to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program
  • Q&A
Rebecca Ellis

Rebecca Ellis, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CCP, BCxP, CxA, President, Questions & Solutions Engineering

Rebecca is a nationally recognized leader in the building commissioning industry. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in 17 states, she is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds commissioning certifications from ASHRAE, the Building Commissioning Association, and the AABC Commissioning Group. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Minnesota, respectively. She has helped define mainstream commissioning services and has written a monthly column about commissioning for Engineered Systems magazine for more than 20 years. Rebecca is Founder and President of Questions & Solutions Engineering, a consulting engineering firm committed to working with facility owners and operators worldwide to achieve high performance from their new and existing mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems.

Miles Ryan

Miles Ryan, PE, CEM, Commissioning Engineer, Questions & Solutions Engineering

Miles Ryan is a commissioning engineer at Questions & Solutions Engineering in Chaska, MN. He has eleven years’ experience in the industry, getting his start as a Civil Engineering officer in the Air Force. He served in various roles overseeing the design, construction, and operation of facility mechanical systems at Grand Forks AFB, ND. In 2015, he became a mechanical systems instructor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Since leaving active duty in 2018, he has remained on faculty at AFIT as an Air Force Reservist to continue teaching courses in HVAC control systems as well as HVAC design and analysis. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Montana State University and M.S. in architectural engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio.


Free to view and receive continuing education credits.

Part 1: Making the case for ongoing commissioning
Live webinar held on October 21, 2021


Part 2: C&I production facility case study: Uncovering energy savings
Live webinar on November 4, 2021 from 10-11:30 Central time

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