Xcel Energy Planning More Environmentally Friendly Generation
Xcel Energy, the nation's number one producer of wind-generated energy, is awaiting legislation that will regulate carbon emissions from their plants throughout Minnesota. Xcel CEO Dick Kelly was with other business executives when they said legislation should come sooner than later, so new policies can be adopted in the plants.
Xcel provides power to states throughout the Midwest, and officials said uniform national legislation would be preferred over rules differing state by state.
Xcel plans to increase its wind-generated energy consumption from 1,000 megawatts to 2,300 megawatts very soon. The company also has coal plant improvements and conversions, changing coal-burning plants to natural gas, that will reduce emissions in Minnesota. Any future legislation concerning carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions will need to be taken into account during facility improvements.