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.

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.

Xcel Energy Nears Completion of Wind Plan for Upper Midwest

Xcel Energy, the number one utility wind energy provider in the nation for twelve years running, added more renewable energy to its Upper Midwest system with the Odell Wind Farm coming on line this month. The power generated will be used by customers in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Odell Wind Farm has 100 wind turbines spanning four southern Minnesota communities, including Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties. It will generate 200 megawatts of electricity, delivering enough energy to power 105,000 homes in the Upper Midwest. The clean energy produced at Odell Wind Farm is expected to help avoid an average 368,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“Adding Odell Wind Farm to our growing renewable energy fleet is one of many ways we’re giving customers the clean energy options they want,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “This wind purchase is another significant step forward in our goal to deliver 35 percent renewable energy to our Upper Midwest customers by 2030.”

“Sustainable growth and operation of our fleet of renewable generation facilities are key ingredients in the value we deliver to our shareholders,” commented Ian Robertson, the Chief Executive Officer of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. “The Odell facility’s strong wind resources and long-term power supply agreement with Xcel make it an excellent addition to our portfolio of operating facilities.”

The Odell Wind Farm is part of a commitment Xcel Energy made in 2013 to expand its wind capacity by 42 percent by adding 750 megawatts of cost-effective, clean wind energy into the Upper Midwest by the end of 2016. Also part of this commitment, the Border Winds and Pleasant Valley wind farms came on line in late 2015, adding 350 megawatts to the system. The Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota will add another 200 megawatts when it is complete at the end of 2016.  Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation owns the Odell Wind Farm, a project initially developed by Geronimo Energy. Under a 20 year power purchase agreement, Xcel Energy will purchase power from the Odell project.

American Transmission & Xcel Energy Discuss Badger Coulee Project

American Transmission Company and Xcel Energy have held a public outreach session to provide information about their 180-mile 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee Project. The pre-construction open house occurred on July 21 in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public were welcome to attend the pre-construction open house,” according to Charles Gonzales, ATC Senior Local Relations Representative. “This event provided an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing and appearance of the line.”

Xcel Energy CEO Appointed to National Infrastructure Advisory Council

Xcel Energy Chairman, President and CEO Ben Fowke has been appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) by President Barack Obama. Established in 2001, the NIAC is charged to improve the cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors. It advises governmental agencies on policies and strategies that range from risk assessment and management to information sharing to protective strategies and clarification on roles and responsibilities between government and industry.

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