Xcel Energy achieves wind energy milestone
At 8 p.m. on February 17, Xcel Energy's subsidiary utility Northern States Power achieved a milestone when a record 1,713 megawatt-hours of electricity were generated by locally sourced, emission-free wind power, amounting to nearly 33 percent of the company’s Upper Midwest customer electricity needs.
“From our first purchase of wind energy in 1993 to the commissioning of our own Grand Meadow and Nobles wind farms in 2008 and 2010, we have been working toward this day,” said Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota. “We have learned a lot about how to successfully produce and integrate wind energy onto our system in a cost-effective manner for our customers.”
Wind farms produced almost 12 percent of the energy used by Xcel Energy’s ...