|  Dec 04, 2018

CGA Statement on Xcel Energy’s Announcement to Reduce Carbon Emissions 100 percent by 2050

ST. PAUL, MINN. (December 4, 2018) - On Tuesday, Xcel Energy announced a plan to reduce carbon emissions from its electric generation by 80 percent by 2030.  The announcement also includes a bold but doable goal of zero carbon emissions across the company's footprint by 2050. 

"Xcel Energy has a history of being forward-thinking and this ground-breaking announcement to achieve 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050 should be commended," said Beth Soholt, Executive Director of Clean Grid Alliance.  "Clean Grid Alliance and our members have worked closely with Xcel over the last decade to bring affordable and reliable clean energy to market and we look forward to assisting Xcel Energy in achieving this landmark initiative."

Xcel Energy, headquartered in Minneapolis, serves customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. "It is an exciting time to be involved in the renewable energy industry and we applaud Xcel Energy for their national leadership in reducing carbon emissions," said Soholt. 

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Clean Grid Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., that works to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Its members are comprised of wind and solar developers, environmental organizations, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups and businesses providing goods and services to the wind and solar industries.