in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy says that there has been a 16% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, or 14 million tons, since the utility began a reduction strategy in 2005. The company's goal is to achieve a 20% CO2 reduction by 2020, and the latest projections are that it will surpass that goal by up to 7%.

Xcel Energy's emissions-reduction strategy is built on three components: renewable energy, power plant upgrades, and fuel diversity sources, including wind, hydro, biomass and solar.

The American Wind Energy Association recently named Xcel the number-one provider of wind energy in the nation - a distinction that the company has had for nine consecutive years. At the end of 2012, Xcel had nearly 4.9 GW wind generating capacity on its system, representing about 12% of the energy the company supplies to its customers. Xcel is currently pursuing additional wind resources in Colorado, the upper Midwest and Texas.

Xcel Energy serves approximately 3.4 million electricity customers in eight Western and Midwestern states.

Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Global Smart Grid Tech Revenue Slated For Solid Growth

According to a report from Navigant Research, annual revenue for smart grid technologies will reach over $70 billion within the next 10 years.


Utilities Partner With Energy Storage To Harness Renewables

As utilities struggle to incorporate the increased use of intermittent renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, onto the grid, the power providers are looking to energy storage.


Smart Meter Fire Probe Points To Sensus Design 'Shortcomings'

There has been more fallout in Saskatchewan: An investigation into SaskPower's halted smart meter program says Sensus Generation 3.3 units "have a tendency to leak" and the utility mishandled the rollout.


Two Years After Superstorm Sandy, Utilities Highlight Grid Efforts

As the U.S. reflects on the monster hurricane that struck in October 2012, utilities note what they have done to help protect against future severe weather.


USDA Invests $1.4 Billion To Boost Rural Grids Around The Country

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more loan guarantees for rural power companies and renewable energy firms in 21 states.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180