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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.


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