Xcel Energy Reports Lower Emissions and Other Environmental Results in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2010

Aug 2, 2011 1:00 PM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) August 2, 2011 - Xcel Energy has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by about 10 percent from 2005 levels according to the company’s third annual Corporate Responsibility Report. “We have taken steps to reduce our emissions”,” said Frank Prager, vice president of Environmental Policy and Services for Xcel Energy. “In addition to lowering carbon dioxide emissions, we’ve reduced sulfur dioxide emissions by 34 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 45 percent since 2005 from our electric generating facilities. We expect even greater reductions from our plans to meet Colorado’s Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act and to repower Black Dog Station in Burnsville, Minnesota.”

Company stakeholders can find details about these efforts in the Clean Energy Future and Environmental Performance sections of the new report, as well as other annual environmental highlights that include:

  • Investing about $179 million in energy efficiency programs that helped our customers save about 773 GWh of electricity, our best results ever in one year

  • Saving about 3.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity at company facilities

  • Completing the 201-MW Nobles Wind Farm project in Minnesota and expanding overall use of renewable energy resources and clean energy technologies for the future

  • Continuing progress on a significant number of transmission projects

An online overview of the report is available for the first time, as well as the downloadable versions of the full and summary reports. We also provide a special index specific to Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines, making it easier for those who follow the guidelines to find information within the report. Prior to publishing its Corporate Responsibility Report, the company produced its Triple Bottom Line report for four years.