Wind Power on Our System

Xcel Energy is the nation's No. 1 wind power provider

Today wind energy is the most affordable renewable resource available to meet our customers’ energy needs. It can help keep energy rates down and protect the environment by saving fuel and reducing air emissions from traditional power plants. Plus for the future, low-cost wind energy purchased under long-term contracts protects customers from rising fuel and environmental compliance costs.

  • Xcel Energy is the nation's No. 1 utility wind power provider for 11 years running, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). You can find the latest on the wind industry and national rankings in the AWEA 2013 Market Industry Report.
  • We plan to expand our wind portfolio by about 40 percent, adding 1,900 megawatts of wind throughout our service territory over the next several years. We currently have 5,794 megawatts of wind power on our systems, enough to meet the energy needs of about 2.9 million average-size homes.
  • We own and operate three wind farms—the Grand Meadow and Nobles wind farms in Minnesota and the Ponnequin wind farm in Colorado. The rest of the wind power on our systems is purchased under long-term contracts.
  • In addition to the wind power in our energy supply, we offer customers the option to choose more wind energy for their homes or businesses through Windsource®. First launched in 1998 to Colorado customers, the program has become one of the largest voluntary green-energy programs in the United States. Customers in Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin can participate in Windsource.
  • We work with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its high-resolution forecasting system to better predict wind energy and power down fossil fuel plants when the wind is blowing. We estimate improved forecasting has saved customers about $49 million so far in fuel costs since the effort began in 2009.

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