XCEL ENERGY AND FAA LAUNCH SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

Xcel Energy has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Federal Aviation
Administration to research the safe operation of drone technology to inspect critical
infrastructure. The agreement involves using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect more
than 20,000 miles of Xcel Energy transmission lines in 10 states. The data collected from
diverse climates, conditions and geographies will be used by the federal agency to secure
the nation’s airspace now and in the future.

WEC SUBSIDIARY TO BUILD TWO NATURAL GAS GENERATORS IN UPPER PENINSULA

A subsidiary of We Energies has asked for approval to build two generating plants
located in Baraga and Marquette counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at a cost of
$277 million. Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation would build the natural
gas projects by 2019 enabling We Energies to shut down its coal-fired power plant in
Marquette, Michigan, by 2020. This would eliminate the need for Wisconsin ratepayers to
continue paying for that plant.

ROBERTS APPOINTED PSC COMMISSIONER

Gov. Scott Walker recently announced that Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Secretary Lon Roberts will replace current Public Service Commissioner Phil Montgomery whose term on PSC ends next month. Montgomery had served 12 years in the Wisconsin Assembly before his six-year term on PSC.  Roberts, Montgomery’s replacement, was a partner and president at a law firm in Wausau and served as chair of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board before becoming DFI secretary in February 2016.

ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS PROPOSES AGREEMENT

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to let several utility companies pay to speed up review of their permit
applications in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Under the plan, the utilities would fund up to two full-time staff to handle
wetland and water crossing permits from American Transmission Company and WEC Energy Group whose subsidiaries include We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the Wisconsin River Power Company and Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation.

XCEL ENERGY BOARD ELECTS NEW MEMBER

Daniel Yohannes has been elected to Xcel Energy’s board of directors, effective March 1,
2017. Yohannes most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
an international forum promoting
economic growth, prosperity, sustainable development and energy security through
better policies.  Prior to that appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer of
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government development agency that
provides grants for investments in, among other things, energy and power infrastructure
in developing countries to create self-sustaining power
systems and support economic
development.

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