Xcel Energy

An electric and natural gas utility based in Minneapolis.

November 16

Solar garden options rolling out for Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota

For most consumers, shared solar is new territory, with its own rewards and risks.
November 14

Solar gardens: What you need to know

Who’s offering community solar to Xcel Energy residential customers in Minnesota? Able Energy Co. Cooperative Energy Futures Innovative Power Systems MN…
November 2
Xcel power lines

Xcel requests rate hike; bills would go up for customers

By 2018, a typical electric customer’s annual electric charges would be $132 higher if state regulators approve the 9.8 percent increase sought by the company.
October 29

Xcel Energy earnings up for the third quarter

Recent rate hikes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota are contributing to the utility’s bottom line.
October 27

State is set to make a big leap into solar

The state Department of Administration is seeking bids for power from shared solar projects planned in Xcel Energy’s Minnesota region.
October 19

Xcel launches $68M upgrade at Prairie Island nuclear plant

The upgrades aim to extend the life of the 1970s-era power plant.
September 6

Big power users face smaller harvest from solar gardens

State regulators’ recent decision to limit the number of solar gardens per site — a change sought by Xcel and supported by some solar developers — has clouded the prospects for corporate and institutional deals.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 25

Minnesota utility regulators put limits on solar gardens

The PUC ruling will stifle some firms’ plans for bigger projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 4

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

Transmission lines will help ease wind energy bottleneck.
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.
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…