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Xcel Energy announces plans for new program to support microgrids

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Dec. 9, 2020)- Xcel Energy, a national leader in the clean energy transition, filed a plan with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today that would allow the company to support large business or governmental customers that have a need for higher than standard service reliability.

Resiliency as a Service is a new product offering designed to support microgrids and other resiliency projects for large customers who require additional protections against potential power interruptions. Xcel Energy will provide this support through company ownership, installation, operation and maintenance of resiliency assets such as battery energy storage systems and back-up generators.

In a letter of support of the service to the PSCW, the city of La Crosse has identified several facilities that could be part of a microgrid that would allow them to share and back up each facility’s electric needs.

“The city has a municipal harbor, Houska Park, a dog park, several ball fields, as well as leased property on French Island that could be included in the system optimization,” said Bernard Lenz, city of La Crosse utility manager, “With the city and Xcel Energy working together to optimize production to use across a larger footprint, much more optimization and a higher degree of resiliency could be obtained.”  

The program is designed to be technology agnostic and will allow for customers to choose resiliency options to best meet their needs. Under the program, customers will work with Xcel Energy and its vendors to design, construct and interconnect their system.

Once this pilot program is approved by the PSCW, Xcel Energy anticipates rolling out the program to Wisconsin customers in mid-2021. The company is also evaluating opportunities to offer the program to customers in other jurisdictions across its eight-state service territory.

“Delivering safe, reliable power to our customers is at the core of Xcel Energy’s business,” said Emmett Romine, vice president, Customer Solutions and Innovation. “We understand some of our large commercial and industrial customers have exceptional resiliency needs to operate their businesses. We are excited to offer this new program which will give customers additional choices to realize their resiliency, sustainability, or other energy related goals.” 

Xcel Energy will issue a Request for Qualifications in mid-December, with plans to negotiate vendor contracts by May 2021. For more information, email ResiliencyRFQ@xcelenergy.com.

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About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. With its Wisconsin headquarters in Eau Claire, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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