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Xcel Energy achieved a milestone at 3 a.m. on April 27, when wind power met 46% of customers' electricity needs in the company's Upper Midwest service territory.

When the record was set, wind resources provided 1,622 MW of the 3,512 MW Xcel's customers were using in Minnesota and neighboring states. The previous record was set in April 2013, when wind generation met 42% of customer demand.

Xcel is currently adding 750 MW of wind resources in its Upper Midwest territory. Minnesota regulators have approved four wind projects, representing a 42% increase in the company's wind power capacity in the region. The projects - two in Minnesota and two in North Dakota - are scheduled to be in service by the end of 2015.

Wind generation produces 12% of the energy used by Xcel's Upper Midwest customers. Along with the wind additions coming online by the end of 2015, the company says it is well on its way to generating 25% of its energy from wind resources by 2020, as required by Minnesota law.

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