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Minnesota COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Supporting economic recovery in Minnesota and advancing clean energy

Xcel Energy is proud to be part of the Minnesota community, and we are committed to helping our customers and our state recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our response to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and Department of Commerce request for energy companies to help with job growth and getting the economy on track, we’ve proposed projects that would create thousands of jobs across the state while keeping bills stable and advancing our clean energy goals.

Proposal Benefits

If approved, the projects would:

Project Highlights

Adding solar near the Sherco plant

We proposed speeding up the addition of up to 460 megawatts of solar power next to our Sherco coal plant in Becker, Minnesota.

Expanding and rebuilding wind farms

Rebuilding aging wind farms with the latest technology would ensure that customers continue to receive clean and affordable energy from high performing, economic wind resources.

Expanding conservation and efficiency programs

We proposed to expand our current conservation programs, including rebates to provide direct rebate payments to customers.

Our proposal also outlines investments in transmission, distribution, gas distribution and electric vehicle infrastructure projects, including building electric vehicle charging stations for fleets and the public.

Note: All figures are subject to change and estimated over the lives of the projects unless otherwise noted.

Minnesota Relief & Recovery Plan overview (PDF)

Next Steps

As the Commission considers our proposal, we will continue working with the Commission and interested parties to move these projects forward quickly to help all Minnesotans.

Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

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