Xcel Energy

An electric and natural gas utility based in Minneapolis.

August 3

EPA rule on coal power plants is push toward clean energy and efficiency

New EPA rules dictate less coal burning and more clean energy, efficiency
Business
July 30

CEO of Xcel Energy says the utility supports large-scale solar projects

CEO Fowke said it’s more cost-effective than smaller projects.
Business
July 25
Brian Graff, left, and Bob Grinstead with a digital rendering of the Zeus, a medium-duty electric-powered truck that they hope to build in Minnesota.

Electric vehicles for power companies

The Zeus truck now exists in a set of plans. The goal is to build a prototype and sell to utilities.
Business
July 20
Leo Louis, CEO of Louis Industries, stood on the roof of his plant in Paynesville, Minn.

Giant Paynesville, Minn., solar project stuck at starting gate

While it waits for Xcel Energy to complete a review, the state’s sixth-largest solar project isn't generating a single watt of solar energy.
Business
July 20

Xcel Energy's large coal-fired generators at Becker face pressure for retirement

Clean-energy advocates oppose the coal-burning units in Becker.
Business
July 16

Monticello nuclear power plant begins sustained operation at higher power level

The long rampup after a major upgrade is done and the Monticello nuclear plant is running full.
Business
July 10

Minnesota Xcel Energy customers will see bump in electric bills by Nov.

Bills for residential customers will go up a little more than 1 percent by November.
Business
June 25

Minnesota utility regulators put limits on solar gardens

The PUC ruling will stifle some firms’ plans for bigger projects.
Business
June 24

Utility regulators set to decide scope of Minnesota community solar garden program

Xcel Energy has objected to solar energy companies’ plans for multiple side-by-side projects.
West Metro
June 11

Cologne, Minn., signs deal to go all-solar for its municipal electricity

Other cities are looking at cost-saving deals with solar developers to offset electricity for government buildings and operations.
Business
June 4

Xcel to pay $36M to settle dispute over nuclear plant upgrade

The contractor that made upgrades to the Prairie Island nuclear plant said it had been stiffed by Xcel Energy, but it got $10 million less that what it said it was due.
Business
May 21

Off-peak power rates for plug-in vehicle charging get regulators' OK

The new rates, which take effect in about two months at Xcel Energy Inc. and two other utilities, could shave 40 percent or more off the cost.
May 19

Big industry, utilities win on energy legislation in Minnesota

But small-scale solar power generators face fees from municipal and cooperative utilities.
Business
May 19

Xcel Energy gets permission from FAA to fly drones

The utility will use them to inspect power lines and other energy structures, but only within the operator’s line of sight.
Business
May 4

Minnesota utilities flip switch on large segment of $2.1 billion CapX2020 transmission project

Transmission lines will help ease wind energy bottleneck.
Business
May 1

Xcel Energy agrees to buy N.D. wind farm project

The utility will complete the project being developed by Edina-based Geronimo Energy.
April 9
The University of Minnesota's new Clipper Liberty 2.5 megawatt turbine...

Political divide emerges over Minnesota energy policy

House bill would let utilities decide which renewable energy sources are cheaper.
Business
April 7

Xcel Energy CEO Benjamin Fowke made $7.3 million in 2014

CEO Pay Watch Xcel Energy Inc. Benjamin Fowke III, chairman, president and CEO Total compensation: $7,315,660 for the year ended Dec. 31 Salary: $1,200,000…
Business
March 31

Xcel says two-year rate hike in Minnesota will be 6.1 percent

The overall electric rate increase is well short of earlier projections; specific rates for residential and businesses customers won’t be known for weeks.
Business
March 11

Regulators put off decision on Xcel Energy's request for size limits on solar gardens

Xcel Energy had raised concern about large projects but must proceed under current rules.
Business
March 6

Xcel can't profit from Monticello cost overruns, regulators say

But Utilities Commission said company can’t collect profit on cost overruns.
Business
March 5

Xcel asks for changes in solar garden rules

The utility said many proposed community solar projects are so big that they should be competitively bid.
Business
February 10

Xcel Energy says proposed giant solar gardens don't look like 'community' projects

Many plans are getting around a requirement that they stay small, and Xcel says these big projects could cost ratepayers.
Business
February 3

Investigation: Xcel failures led to reactor cost overruns

Judge conducting inquiry cites management flaws as work at Monticello nuclear power plant ultimately cost twice what was projected.
Business
February 3

Aug. 27, 2014: Xcel defends handling of Monticello nuclear plant upgrade

Customers or investors will pay millions for work.