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West Metro
June 11, 2015

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, 2015
Payment for the needed upgrade, done by a contractor at Prairie Island, was the center of the suit.

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, 2015
Tyler Sahnow gave his son Ethan a lesson in plugging their Nissan Leaf into the charging station, which soon will have lower overnight charging rates.

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.
State + Local
May 19, 2015

Big industry, utilities win on energy legislation in Minnesota

But small-scale solar power generators face fees from municipal and cooperative utilities.
May 19, 2015
Xcel plans to use DJI Spreading Wings S1000+ octocopters to inspect power lines and other hard to reach places.

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, 2015

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

Transmission lines will help ease wind energy bottleneck.
May 1, 2015
The blades on this wind turbine slowly turned at the Eolos Wind Research Station in Coates, Min., Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

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

The utility will complete the project being developed by Edina-based Geronimo Energy.
State + Local
April 9, 2015
The solar industry needs protections like those wind power had in the 1990s, DFL Rep. Melissa Hortman said.

Political divide emerges over Minnesota energy policy

House bill would let utilities decide which renewable energy sources are cheaper.
April 7, 2015
Xcel CEO Ben Fowke

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…
Energy rates
March 31, 2015
Xcel will raise rates about 6 percent over the next two years in Minnesota.

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.
March 11, 2015

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.
Xcel Energy overruns
March 6, 2015
The gray concrete walls of the Monticello nuclear power plant, 40 miles north of the Twin Cities, in 2012.

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

But Utilities Commission said company can't collect profit on cost overruns.
March 5, 2015

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.
February 10, 2015

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.
Xcel Energy investigation
February 3, 2015
The gray concrete walls of the Monticello nuclear power plant, 40 miles north of the Twin Cities, in 2012.

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.
Xcel's rate case
February 3, 2015
The Monticello Nuclear Power facility.

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

Customers or investors will pay millions for work.
Monticello nuclear plant
February 3, 2015
The Monticello Nuclear Power facility.

July 9, 2014: Xcel management blamed for cost overruns at Monticello nuke plant

A key question is whether Xcel's customers or investors will pick up the $345 million in cost overruns. Xcel is pushing regulators to make ratepayers pay the entire cost of the Monticello upgrade.
January 30, 2015
Electric cars, like this one in Eugene, Ore., are commonly charged in the garage. Xcel Energy proposed offering a low-cost and off-peak rate to custom

Xcel proposes low-cost, off-peak rates for plug-in cars

Owners would charge them overnight and could pick wind power.
Xcel results
January 30, 2015
Xcel Energy's fourth-quarter results were boosted by rate hikes and greater commercial demand for power. File photo of an Xcel crew in St. Paul.

Xcel hopes to avoid 2016 electric hike in Minnesota

Top executives said they want to take a break from the annual electric increases in Minnesota.
January 13, 2015

Ecolab signs deal, says it's going all-solar in Minnesota

Company reaches a deal with SunEdison to provide renewable energy for all of its Minnesota operations.
January 2, 2015
SunShare, a Denver-based developer of community solar gardens, is opening a Minnesota office to develop in Xcel Energy’s territory.

Xcel to double down on renewable energy in Minnesota

Lower prices for solar and wind farms make them better investments
December 27, 2014

Judge recommends trimming Xcel's latest rate increase request

The judge rejected the utility's request for a higher basic charge for electricity.
December 19, 2014

Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota

The projects in Minnesota, if all built, would have the combined output of a major power plant.
December 19, 2014
SunShare, a Denver developer of community solar gardens, plans to build eight solar parks this fall in Colorado and is opening a Minnesota office to d

Xcel opens door for community solar gardens

The utility will begin accepting applications from developers to construct solar parks, and many are expected to show interest.
December 15, 2014

Utility regulators authorize Xcel generating projects

The state's largest solar project and largest gas-and-steam project win regulator approval.