Xcel Energy has announced plans to retire two coal plants in the Midwest ahead of schedule, supporting the company’s goals for reducing carbon emissions in the coming decades. The company is on track to reduce carbon emissions eighty percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and aims to cut carbon emissions entirely by 2050. According to a news release, the company’s last two coal plants in the Midwest region will be decommissioned a decade earlier than planned. The plans, soon to be submitted to Minnesota state regulators, lay out a path for this transition which includes expanding wind and solar resources while using “cleaner natural gas” and extending operation of its nuclear plant in Monticello until at least 2040. The company’s Upper Midwest Energy Plan will be brought to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in July.
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