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Xcel Energy Surpasses National Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal

  Xcel Energy Surpasses National Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal

          Carbon emissions projected to decrease 31 percent by 2020

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- May 29, 2014

Xcel Energy announced today that, as of 2013, it has reduced carbon dioxide
emissions by nearly 20 percent since 2005, already exceeding President Obama’s
goal of a 17 percent reduction by 2020.

“Over the past decade Xcel Energy has invested in a cost-effective clean
energy strategy that is benefitting both our customers and the environment,”
Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy, said. “We are making
significant progress reducing emissions at an excellent price through a
combination of energy efficiency programs and coal plant retirements and
conversions, and by embracing renewable energy earlier than other utilities.
We are on track to surpass our company’s original carbon reduction target of
20 percent to achieve a projected carbon reduction of 31 percent by 2020.”

In its tenth-annual Corporate Responsibility report, Xcel Energy also reports
it has more than doubled its use of clean, renewable resources from 7 percent
of the company’s energy mix in 2004 to 20 percent in 2013, and plans to reach
27 percent by 2020. As part of that commitment, in 2013 Xcel Energy announced
plans to add another 1,900 megawatts of wind energy and 170 megawatts of solar
energy to its portfolio, all at prices below fossil fuel alternatives. This
year the company was also named the nation’s top wind provider for the tenth
consecutive year by the American Wind Energy Association.

“We know how to make clean energy work for our customers,” said Frank Prager,
vice president for policy and strategy at Xcel Energy. “By offering a diverse
portfolio of clean energy choices, we enable customers to utilize the
renewable energy they value with the reliability and cost-effectiveness they
deserve.”

Other highlights from the company’s Corporate Responsibility report include:

  *Cutting air emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by about half
    since 2005, with a more than 60 percent reduction projected by 2020.
  *Providing customers $75 million in incentives in 2013 to encourage energy
    efficiency through more than 90 electricity saving programs and more than
    45 natural gas programs; customers saved 985 gigawatt hours of electricity
    in 2013, enough to power more than 121,000 homes and 1.48 million
    dekatherms of natural gas, enough to fuel more than 17,000 homes.
  *Also in 2013, the American Wind Energy Association recognized Xcel Energy
    as the Utility of the Year for the second time in five years for the
    company’s commitment to new wind energy acquisitions and progressive wind
    integration efforts.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company
with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy
provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to
3.5 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers
through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in
Minneapolis. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.

Contact:

Xcel Energy Media Relations, 612-215-5300
MediaInquiries@xcelenergy.com
www.xcelenergy.com
 
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