Xcel Energy Seeks More Wind Energy to Power Renewable Programs

Xcel Energy plans to add an additional 200 MW of wind energy to its system serving customers in the Upper Midwest. The company is seeking proposals from wind developers to provide clean energy for new customers and the company’s innovative renewable energy programs. 
Xcel Energy Seeks More Wind Energy to Power Renewable Programs
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A portion of the new wind will provide energy for Renewable*Connect®, Xcel Energy’s program that provides up to 100 percent renewable energy for customers. Renewable*Connect provides an option for customers to subscribe to low-cost wind and solar energy as the company works to achieve its vision to deliver zero-carbon electricity to customers by 2050. Several hundred customers have requested to join the next phase of the program, which sold out its first phase in 2018.  

“We’re committed to delivering the clean energy our customers want, and the new projects will help us expand our industry-leading Renewable*Connect program,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “As we transition away from coal and increase our renewable energy, some customers want to add more renewable energy right away. The new wind energy we add will be dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.”

The company issued a Request for Proposals to developers, asking for projects that are located in Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, at least 20 MW in size, to be in service by December 31, 2021. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. CT on May 1, 2019, and shortlisted project developers will be notified on May 17, 2019. 

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