How the historic decision to transform Xcel Energy’s electricity was made

Working directly with Xcel and with our “Clean Energy Organizations”, or CEO, partnership, Fresh Energy used for the first time in Minnesota the same utility inputs and modeling Xcel uses. We analyzed options for closing the Sherco 1 and 2 coal plants and replacing them with vast amounts of cost-effective energy efficiency, wind, and solar power. Our independent analysis demonstrated that Xcel’s cheapest course of action—and the lowest in carbon—was the retirement and replacement of these two units, which are the biggest sources of global warming pollution in the Upper Midwest. Xcel agreed with our analysis, and completely revised its 15-year plan to reflect those economic opportunities. Fresh Energy applauds the unanimous Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decision to modify and approve Xcel’s 15-year Resource Plan as the affordable, reliable, and clean path forward for Minnesota customers.

J. Drake Hamilton recognized as top climate leader

Fresh Energy’s science policy director, J. Drake Hamilton, was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Climate Leaders of 2015-2016 by the Climate Reality Project. J.’s actions on climate leadership led her to receiving the #6 award out of nearly 11,000 global leaders. At Fresh Energy, J. continues to inspire and encourage diverse audiences to support climate and energy policies that combat the threat of global warming and create a clean energy future. If you would like J. to speak at your event, please contact her at 651-726-7562 or Hamilton@fresh-energy.org.