As one of the country’s leading energy providers, Xcel Energy is dedicated to supplying cleaner energy to the customers and communities it serves. The utility has been at the forefront of renewable energy for years and continues to pioneer the movement.
Since 2005, the company has reduced carbon emissions by 35 percent. And in December of last year, Xcel Energy became the first major U.S. electric company to announce a bold vision to produce carbon-free electricity for all of its customers by 2050. At the same time, it announced a new interim target to cost effectively reduce carbon emissions 80 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030.
“Our customers’ expectations are changing,” says Tom Henley, Xcel Energy Area Manager. “They not only want affordable, reliable energy, but they also want more control over their energy use and choice in how their energy is produced. It’s our goal to offer innovative solutions that help customers meet their priorities around clean energy and the environment.”
This includes offering a range of renewable energy programs —like WindSource, Solar*Rewards, and Renewable*Connect —that make it possible for customers to choose the personal energy options for their home or business that best suit their individual needs and interests.
The Colorado Energy Plan is another one of the proactive strategies Xcel Energy is taking to lower costs for customers, while, at the same time, grow the state’s renewable and clean energy resources. The Plan is a roadmap to greatly expand renewable energy, add industry-leading amounts of large-scale battery storage, further slash carbon emissions, and stimulate the region’s economy with new infrastructure, jobs and investments.
Xcel Energy took its clean energy strategy to another level in 2017 by proposing the largest multi-state wind investment in the country — a dozen wind farms in seven states. Xcel Energy will become the first U.S. utility to surpass 10,000 megawatts of wind capacity once all the projects are installed. Its Rush Creek Wind Farm, located on the eastern plains of Colorado, is the latest addition to its wind portfolio and is now providing the lowest-cost wind power on the state’s system.
“The significant wind and solar resources right here in our backyard and advances in technology have fundamentally changed the way we operate,” adds Henley. “We are proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to partnering with customers on this exciting journey ahead.”