A major player on our system
Wind energy is an important and growing part of our energy supply. It made up 17 percent of the energy we provided customers in 2015, generating more power for our system than nuclear and nearly as much as natural gas. By 2020, we project that 24 percent of our energy will come from wind.
Wind energy on Xcel Energy’s system has nearly doubled since 2010
The nation’s leader in wind power
For 12 years running, we have been the nation’s No. 1 utility wind energy provider, according to the American Wind Association. Most of our wind energy is purchased under long-term contracts from third-party suppliers. But this is changing, as we plan to own and operate more wind farms. We currently own four wind farms in the Upper Midwest, with a fifth under construction and another new wind project proposed in Colorado.
Making wind more affordable and efficient
We operate in parts of the country with some of the best resources for producing wind energy. We continue to take advantage of these resources, along with declining prices and available tax credits, to add new, low-cost wind generation to our system. We’re also improving operations. Through advanced wind forecasting, we’ve sharpened our ability to predict the wind, saving customers more than $60 million in fuel costs since 2009. For the future, low-cost wind generation can protect customers from rising fossil fuel costs.
Offering customers more
Through all of our efforts combined, we are providing customers with more clean, renewable energy and setting new system records. In early October 2015, wind energy produced 55 percent of our customers’ power in Colorado for an entire day. The wind on our system requires no fuel or water and helps us avoid 11.7 million tons of carbon annually, as well as other emissions. For customers who want more clean energy, we offer Windsource®, one of the largest voluntary green energy programs in the country, available in most states that we serve. Windsource gives customers the option to purchase more renewable energy, above what we already provide.
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