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David Eves: 100 percent renewable energy can be closer than you think – 04-15-2017 Boulder Daily Camera

The city of Boulder and Xcel Energy have been negotiating in good faith for the last 15 months to find the best way to work together in place of the city’s effort to form its own electric utility.

Editorial: Let voters decide utility options – 04-15-2017 Boulder Daily Camera

David Kreiger, writing for the Boulder Daily Camera editorial board, weighs in on the proposed ballot options.

Boulder to consider settlement offers from Xcel in 7-year municipal utility saga – 03-31-2017 Boulder Daily Camera

City Council announces April meetings to weigh offers.

Xcel Energy to invest billions in new wind farms in Colorado, elsewhere – 03-21-2017 Denver Business Journal

Xcel Energy Inc. is making a multibillion-dollar investment in wind power across seven states, from Minnesota to New Mexico — and using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large chunk of it.

Editorial: Don Quixote and the muni – 02-21-2017 Boulder Daily Camera

Gene Camp’s recommendation that the Colorado Public Utilities Commission reject the separation plan Boulder submitted to establish a municipal electric utility sets up an interesting test of City Council’s relationship with the real world.

PUC’s chief engineer recommends denial of Boulder’s muni plan – 02-20-2017 Boulder Daily Camera

The Public Utilities Commission’s chief engineer recommends the commission deny Boulder’s pending application to acquire certain Xcel Energy assets and form a municipal electric utility.

Solar storage project in Stapleton could change energy consumption – 02-16-2017 KMGH-Channel 7 (Denver ABC)

The Stapleton neighborhood in Denver has the largest concentration of personal solar in the city. That’s why Xcel Energy is using the neighborhood to figure out how to store solar energy in banks of batteries.

Xcel Energy jumps last hurdles for massive Rush Creek Wind Project – 02-2-2017 The Denver Post

Construction may start in the next month or two.

Vestas gets big order from Xcel for $1 billion Colorado wind farm project – 07-07-2016 Denver Business Journal

Xcel Energy said the wind farm will triple the number of Vestas-made wind turbines spinning in Colorado.

PUC gives green light to solar garden plan by Xcel – 06-29-2016 Denver Business Journal

The Colorado PUC reversed itself and gave a green light to a settlement proposal on so-called “community solar gardens” between Xcel and three solar energy companies that the commission had earlier rejected.

Boulder gets rare chance at close-up with top Xcel official – 06-27-2016 Boulder Daily Camera

Xcel Energy’s Alice Jackson was in Boulder for a public conversation on the future of energy distribution, hosted by the local nonprofit Clean Energy Action.

Xcel forecasts big 3rd quarter drop in electricity bills – 06-16-2016 KUSA-TV

Low natural gas commodity prices are translating into big drops in Colorado electricity bills, according to Xcel Energy Inc.

Xcel hurrying Rush Creek Wind Farm approval to save utility, customers $443M – 06-15-2016 The Denver Post

Xcel Energy, in a race to save $443 million on a proposed $1 billion wind farm, convinced the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to squeeze its hearing into three days in September.

Amid industry shift, keen national interest in Boulder-Xcel settlement talks – 06-11-2016 Boulder Daily Camera

But a lot has changed in the time that Boulder has spent on municipalization. Five years ago, there was far less public and political pressure on utilities to change the way power is generated and distributed. The shift has been stark enough that Bailey, when asked whether she’d embark on municipalization in Boulder today, knowing what she knows now, said, “maybe not.”
She noted, though, that in 2011, “there weren’t many better alternatives.”

Xcel, Boulder in talks to end years-long battle over a city utility – 06-08-2016 KUSA-TV

Boulder’s years-long efforts to create a city-owned-and-operated electric utility — and kick out Xcel Energy Inc. as its local utility — may be ending.

Xcel, Boulder in talks to end years-long battle over a city utility – 06-08-2016 Denver Business Journal

The announcement said the two sides were discussing potential terms of the settlement agreement, such as: Ways that Xcel and Boulder could support each other’s objectives and plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the use of renewable energy. …

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Eureka! Summer Program – 06-08-2016 Villager Online

The theme of the 2016 Eureka! summer program is “Building a Great City” and major partners include: CH2M, Xcel Energy, Comcast, Lockheed Martin and PCL Construction.

Boulder, Xcel in talks to end city’s bid to create electric utility – 06-08-2016 Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder and Xcel Energy today announced they are discussing a possible settlement to ongoing litigation that would end the city’s push to form a municipal electric utility.
Under any agreement, both parties said, Xcel would continue to be the electric service provider to Boulder customers.

LED Lights Make Communities Across Metro Area Brighter – 06-02-2016 KCNC-TV

Communities across the Denver metro area will be brighter as Xcel Energy installs LED streetlights.The LED lights use less electricity and last longer. They will also need less maintenance and won’t be replaced often.

Xcel Energy sees less emissions, more renewable energy use – 05-24-2016 Electric Light & Power

Xcel Energy’s commitment to clean energy is benefiting the customers and the environment in the communities it serves. By adding wind and solar power, retiring aging coal plants and expanding energy efficiency programs, the company has significantly reduced emissions and water consumption across its operations.

New, private data will inform Boulder’s plan to separate from Xcel – 05-19-2016 Boulder Daily Camera

Xcel Energy on Thursday provided Boulder with data about its electric distribution system to which the city has not had access to this point, and that will largely inform how – and whether – Boulder proceeds in its attempt to form a municipal utility.

Xcel Colorado files for 600 MW wind project, the state’s biggest ever installation – 05-17-2016 Utility Dive

Xcel Energy filed with the Colorado PUC for approval of a $1 billion spend on the 600 MW Rush Creek Wind Project and an accompanying 90 mile, 345 kV transmission line – the biggest wind installation in Colorado.

Xcel divulges more details about new 600-megawatt Colorado wind farm – 05-16-2016 BizWest

Xcel Energy has disclosed more details about a 600-megawatt wind farm the company announced last month it would have constructed in eastern Colorado by Vestas Wind Systems.

Xcel Energy donates to United Way – 05-15-2016 The Greeley Tribune

Xcel Energy donated almost $48,000 to United Way of Weld County’s Annual community campaign on May 5 at the Fort St. Vrain facility in Platteville.

Xcel Energy proposes $1 billion Colorado wind farm – 05-14-2016 Fort Collins Coloradoan

Xcel Energy-Colorado president David Eves says the wind farm would cut carbon pollution by 1 million tons annually.
The wind farm would cover 90,000 acres across five eastern Colorado counties.

Xcel Energy files for $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project – 05-13-2016 Boulder Daily Camera

The project is a key element of Xcel’s “Our Energy Future” vision for Colorado. The company plans to add an additional 400 megawatts of renewable energy, which will be detailed in a filing to state regulators later this month.

Xcel Energy seeking Colo. PUC approval of 600-MW wind farm – 05-13-2016 SNL

Xcel Energy Inc. on May 13 asked Colorado regulators for approval of the 600-MW Rush Creek Wind Project, one of the larger proposals for a wind power facility in the U.S.

Xcel explores new battery technology to fill gaps – 05-13-2016 Denver Business Journal

Xcel Energy is marrying rooftop solar and the grid.

Xcel to build $1 billion wind-power project, Colorado’s biggest – 05-13-2016 Denver Business Journal

“We know our Colorado customers and communities want affordable energy from increasingly clean energy sources, and it is our goal is to provide what they value. The Rush Creek Wind Project would be one of the largest wind projects in Colorado, with the lowest-cost energy on our Colorado system,” said David Eves, president of Xcel’s operations in Colorado.

Xcel to build $1 billion wind-power project, Colorado’s biggest – 05-13-2016 KUSA, Denver Business Journal

Xcel (NYSE: XEL) said the project also will be “one of the state’s most cost-effective wind projects” and will use wind turbines built in Colorado by Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer that has four manufacturing plants in the state and employs about 4,000 people.

Xcel Energy files for $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project – 05-13-2016 The Denver Post

Xcel Energy-Colorado president David Eves said the project will eliminate about 1 million tons of carbon pollution each year.

Xcel Energy Files to Refund $15M to Colorado Electric Customers – 05-04-2016 Energy Manager Today

Xcel Energy filed with the Colorado Public Utility Commission on April 29 for approval to refund $14.9 million to its 1.4 million Colorado electricity customers via a credit on their monthly bills.

Xcel Energy to return $14.9 million to Colorado customers – 04-29-2016 Denver Business Journal

Xcel Energy on Friday asked state regulators to approve returning $14.9 million back to its Colorado electricity customers via a credit on their monthly bills.

Xcel’s power play – 04-15-2016 Denver Business Journal

It proposes adding up to 1,000 megawatts of wind and solar power to Xcel’s Colorado portfolio, ranging from 123 megawatts worth of small rooftop systems to large, utility-scale solar power plants.

Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Utility Wind Provider for 12th Consecutive Year – 04-12-2016 Electric Light & Power

The American Wind Energy Association named Xcel Energy the top utility wind energy provider utility in the U.S. for the 12th consecutive year. “It’s an honor to lead the nation in wind energy for a dozen years running,” said Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy chairman, president and CEO. “It reflects our company’s commitment to clean energy and the environment, while providing customers with the renewable energy options they want.”

Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Utility Wind Provider for 12th Consecutive Year – 04-12-2016 Business Wire

Xcel Energy’s leadership in wind energy reached another milestone today as the American Wind Energy Association named the company the country’s top utility wind energy provider for the 12th consecutive year.
“It’s an honor to lead the nation in wind energy for a dozen years running,” said Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy chairman, president and CEO. “It reflects our company’s commitment to clean energy and the environment, while providing customers with the renewable energy options they want.”

Colorado Wind Energy Gets A Burst Of Good News – 04-12-2016 KUNC

Unlike fossil fuels, wind energy is booming.
Xcel Energy has announced a proposal with Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems to build a 300 turbine project in eastern Colorado. It would be the state’s largest wind farm. The utility isn’t releasing further information until the project is formally filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Xcel, Vestas announce major new plan to create wind power in CO – 04-12-2016 Denver Business Journal

Xcel Energy, Colorado biggest utility, will build a 600 megawatt wind farm in Eastern Colorado that will be created using 100 percent Vestas wind turbines.
The project will be submitted to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in May as part of Xcel’s goal to add up to 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy in Colorado.

Vestas to build state’s largest wind farm for Xcel – 04-12-2016 BizWest

Vestas Wind Systems will build the turbines for Colorado’s largest wind farm as part of Xcel Energy’s plan to add up to 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy in the state, officials for both companies said Tuesday.

Xcel Plans Big New Wind-Power Plant In Eastern Colorado – 04-12-2016 KCNC-TV

Xcel Energy says it plans to build the state’s largest wind farm in eastern Colorado with enough turbines to generate 600 megawatts of electricity. The company announced the plan Tuesday but gave few details.

Colorado wind power rising; 1,880 turbines and Xcel, Vestas plan more – 04-12-2016 The Denver Post

Colorado wind power is rising with 1,880 giant turbines erected across the prairie, twisting white blades as long as soccer fields, replacing record amounts of energy generated by fossil fuels.
Falling costs, a state mandate and momentum from growing cumulative capacity are driving the shift to natural renewable energy.
It has reached the point where turbines have generated as much as 71 percent of the electricity produced in Colorado at one point in March and 54 percent during two 24-hour periods in October — feats un-matched around the nation, according to a report released Tuesday.

Xcel partners with Vestas to build new wind farm in eastern Colorado – 04-12-2016 The Brighton Blade

Energy provider Xcel Energy Tuesday announced plans to build a 600-megawatt wind farm in eastern Colorado powered by Vestas turbines.

Xcel plans big new wind-power plant in eastern Colorado – 04-12-2016 The Washington Times

Xcel Energy says it plans to build the state’s largest wind farm in eastern Colorado with enough turbines to generate 600 megawatts of electricity.

US wind power jobs hit record, up 20 percent in 2016 – 04-12-2016 altenergymag.com

Xcel Energy, the main utility in Colorado, has satisfied over 66 percent of its demand for electricity with wind at times.
“We have cultivated wind as our most cost-effective renewable energy option, because we recognize that this source of energy is not only a benefit to the environment, but also a major economic driver for the state,” said David Eves, president of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. “Our plan is to expand our wind offerings to provide hundreds of new jobs for Coloradans, make a billion dollars in new investments, keep energy costs low for our customers, and improve the environment.”

Colorado Has More Wind Energy Jobs Than Most, Report Finds – 04-12-2016 Colorado Public Radio

The ranking comes as the president of Xcel Energy Colorado announced plans to construct one of the largest wind projects in the state—a wind farm in eastern Colorado that will add another 600 megawatts to the grid.
Xcel will formally seek approval from the state next month, said David Eaves, president of the company.

Wind power has ‘never been stronger,’ thanks to lower costs, tax credits, says industry report – 04-12-2016 Denver Business Journal

The nation’s wind industry “has never been stronger,” according to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group.
The cost of generating power from wind has dropped by two-thirds since 2009, and 41 percent of the new power plants brought online in 2015 were wind farms, according to the report.
Colorado in 2015 added 399 megawatts of wind power, ranking the state fourth in the nation in terms of added megawatts and boosting the state’s total capacity by 15 percent, according to the report.

‘When the snow’s blowing, we go to work’: The Linemen Who Keep Your Lights On – 04-11-2016 Inside Energy

On a bitterly cold March morning in Denver, snow was forecast to start falling any minute. Time for Kevin Hinrichs and his crew to head out on the job.
“When the snow’s blowing and your power’s out, that’s when we go to work,” Hinrichs said.
Inside Energy has reported on the new technologies that are changing our electric grid, from smart meters to adding solar and wind power generation. But our electricity still travels from the power plant to our homes via miles of power lines. And someone has to keep those lines functioning. That someone is Hinrichs, a lineman for Xcel Energy.