Xcel Energy Works to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Xcel Energy is working hard to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions and is now the first U.S. utility to verify and
register all of its greenhouse gas emissions data with
The Climate Registry for seven consecutive years. The
company’s emissions reporting validates Xcel Energy’s
more than 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide
emissions in the last decade.

“Xcel Energy pledged to begin reducing emissions in 2005,
well before many other utilities in the country. Setting a
standard to accurately measure these emissions was the
first step in fulfilling our commitment,” said Frank Prager,
Vice President, policy and federal affairs for Xcel Energy. “As
a founding member of The Climate Registry, we contributed
significant expertise and helped develop the protocol for
counting emissions in the electric power sector which
ultimately helped us verify that we are meeting our goals.”
Xcel Energy achieved Climate Registered™ status by
successfully measuring and reporting the company’s
emissions from 2005 to 2011. The scope includes both
direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated
with providing utility energy service as well as emissions
that are considered optional to report under TCR’s best-
in-class Electric Power Sector Protocol.

In addition to TCR, Xcel Energy reports its emissions to
local, state and federal entities and provides the information
publicly in the Carbon Disclosure Project and the company’s
annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Xcel Energy is on
track to achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide
company-wide by 2020 from 2005 levels.  The company’s
clean energy strategy includes increasing the use of
renewable energy and energy efficiency programs as well
as modernizing and retiring plants.

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