Xcel Energy No. 1 Wind Energy Provider

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Maintains top spot for ninth consecutive year
MINNEAPOLIS,  April 11, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Xcel Energy remains the number one
utility provider of wind energy in  the United States, according to a newly
released report from the American Wind Energy Association.  This is the ninth
consecutive year that Xcel Energy has led the nation in providing wind energy to
its customers.

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At the end of 2012, Xcel Energy had nearly 4,900 megawatts of wind electricity
generating capacity on its system, enough to power 1.5 million homes and at
least 600 megawatts more than the next leading utility.  Wind power currently
represents about 12 percent of the energy the company supplies to its customers.

"I am proud that Xcel Energy is once again the nation's leading clean energy
utility," said  Ben Fowke, president, CEO and chairman of Xcel Energy. "Our
customers and communities are strong supporters of renewable energy, and wind
energy plays a vital role in our strategy to meet customers' energy needs with
clean, reliable, and affordable energy."  

Xcel Energy has preserved its renewable energy leadership while maintaining
customer electricity rates below the national average.  "Wind is an important
part of our diverse energy mix, and we've been able to provide it to our
customers at a competitive price," Fowke added. "Wind energy helps protect
customers from the risk of rising fuel costs and the cost of future power plant
environmental regulations."

Because wind by its nature is an intermittent resource - it is available only
when the wind blows - the cost of integrating each megawatt hour of wind energy
is greater for utilities with higher levels of wind generation.  As the nation's
number one wind provider, Xcel Energy is also a leader in technology and
operating practices that help manage the cost of wind integration.  Since
implementing an advanced wind forecasting system in 2009, the company has saved
customers about  $22 million  in fuel costs and set multiple records for the
amount of wind energy on its system. On  April 15, 2012, Xcel Energy set a
national record by serving nearly 57 percent of its electricity load in 
Colorado  during one early morning hour with wind energy.

The company recently issued three requests for proposals seeking additional
low-cost wind power in the Upper Midwest,  Colorado,  Texas  and New Mexico. 
Winning bidders will be announced by early summer. "We will continue to pursue
additional wind energy where it makes sense for our customers," Fowke said.   

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a public utility holding company headquartered in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company serves 3.4 million electric customers and
1.8 million gas customers in eight states in the Midwest and Southwest,
including  Minnesota,  Colorado  and  Texas.

Contact:  Jennifer Wozniak  303-294-2232  

SOURCE  Xcel Energy

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