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We produce the power that keeps your lights on.

The Origin of Your Electricity

We generate reliable, affordable electricity from an increasingly cleaner mix of energy sources. Across our eight-state service territory, more than 40% of our electricity in 2019 came from carbon-free sources: biomass, hydroelectric and nuclear plants, wind turbines and solar panels. The rest was generated by fossil fuels, including coal and natural gas.

In total, the plants we own are capable of producing more than 18,700 megawatts of electricity. One megawatt of power provides enough electricity to serve nearly 1,100 typical homes.

The charts below show by fuel type the energy on our systems in 2019. The energy includes electricity produced at Xcel Energy plants, purchased from others, and supplied through our renewable choice programs for customers (Windsource®, Renewable*Connect®, Solar*Rewards® and Solar*Rewards Community®).

Our Power Supply

2019 Xcel Energy

2019 Upper Midwest (Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

2019 Colorado

2019 Southwest (New Mexico, Texas)

For every megawatt hour of electricity that renewable sources produce, we receive a renewable energy certificate or credit (REC). Learn more about RECs in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

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Energy Saving Tip

Set your hot water heater to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This isn't just energy smart—it's also safer, since it reduces the likelihood of accidental burns.

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Break Ground, Not the Law

Always call 811 before digging in your yard to avoid hitting buried gas or electric lines. Not only is it the safe thing to do, but it's the law.