CEE's Statement on PUC approval of Xcel Energy Resource Plan

Oct 13, 2016

"Today is a great day for Xcel Energy customers in the upper Midwest, one that I have been working toward since I joined CEE in the summer of 2013," said Mike Bull, CEE's director of policy and communications. 

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a 15-year integrated resource plan by Xcel Energy. The plan's key points include retiring 1,400 megawatts of coal at Sherburne County Generating Station while adding 1,800 megawatts of wind and 1,400 megawatts of solar by 2030. 

Beginning with Xcel Energy’s impressive initial filing on January 2, 2015, this resource plan has evolved significantly through unprecedented stakeholder collaboration and excellent analysis and advocacy by allies at Wind on the Wires, the Sierra Club, Fresh Energy, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, as well as the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The utility, its customers, and the public interest will benefit greatly from the outcomes of this process.

The nation-leading transformation of Xcel Energy’s generation fleet essentially began with the 1994 legislative agreement on dry cask storage at Prairie Island, continued with the Metropolitan Emission Reduction Proposal throughout much of the 2000s, and has been considerably accelerated by implementation of the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act.

This current Resource Plan provides a historic opportunity for an enormous and cost-effective next step in that transformation, resulting in a supply portfolio for Xcel Energy that would achieve 60 percent reductions in carbon emissions by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels) at minimal cost to its customers.

Given Xcel Energy’s prominence as one of the largest combined electric and natural gas utilities in the U.S. and the nation’s leading wind provider for over a decade, the Minnesota PUC has agreed with us and our allies that this clean energy opportunity must not pass unrealized.

About CEE 
The Center for Energy and Environment is a Minnesota nonprofit that discovers and deploys the most effective energy solutions for a healthy, low-carbon economy. For over 35 years, CEE has provided practical energy solutions through a range of practical and cost-effective programs to help homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and governments cut energy waste and save money. 

Media contact
Tim Hanrahan, communications manager 612-244-2419, thanrahan@mncee.org 

Related links

Xcel Energy Resource Plan 2015 Upper Midwest (Docket Number E002/RP-15-21), filed October 2, 2015

The Future is Calling for Clean Energy First (Blog, August 2016)

Clean Energy Plan: “True spirit” of utility-clean energy collaboration, despite key plan differences (Blog, September 2015)

Broad stakeholder engagement enriches complex energy planning (Blog, September 2015)

Xcel Energy 2015 Upper Midwest Resource Plan: A “Best of the Above” Strategy (Blog, January 2015)