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Mortenson Tapped for 500-MW Colorado Wind Project (Ind Report)
Mortenson
Date: 2019-09-09
Xcel Energy-Colorado reports the selection of wind developer Mortenson for construction of the 500-MW Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties, Colorado. The $743 million project is expected to be completed in December 2020. Turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply a total of 229 turbines for the wind farm. (Source: Xcel Energy, Denver Post, 6 Sept, 2019) Contact: Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson,  Wind,  Xcel Energy ,  


Turkey Litter, Biomass Power Plant Bites the Dust (Ind. Report)
Fibrominn,Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-08-16
Following up on our 21st February, 2018 coverage, Fibrominn's 2007 vintage 55 MW biomass plant in Benson, Minnesota, the country's first turkey manure and wood chips fired power plant, has been demolished by Xcel Energy to make way for a third-party proposed new dairy manure biogas facility. The plant had reportedly become too cost inefficient to continue running. Xcel acquired the plant for $24.5 million in 2017.

The city of Benson is purchasing the site and reportedly has a letter of intent from a Californian company interested in constructing dairy manure biogas facility. (Source: West Central Trib., Aug., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Turkey Litter,  Fibrominn,  Biogas ,  


SD PUC OKs 300 MW South Dakota Wind Project (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-12
On Tuesday in the state capitol city of Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) reports the approval of a permit with conditions for construction of the Crowned Ridge Wind Farmin the northeastern part of the state. The proposed $400 million wind farm will incorporate up to 130 wind turbines and generate as much as 300 MW of power which will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., dba Xcel Energy. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Brookings Register, AP, 10 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Xcel Energy Carbon Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-06-03
In its recently released annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports that it reduced carbon emissions 38 pct from 2005 levels -- ahead of industry reductions -- as it aims by 2050 to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity. The company notes it is currently on pace to reach its interim goal to cut carbon 80 pct by 2030.

Xcel Energy's annual Corporate Responsibility Report tracks non-financial performance and includes information related to environmental impact, safety, economic development, community giving and workplace programs.

Download Xcel Energy's Destination 2050: Building the Future -- 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, BusinessWire, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


Xcel Energy Recognizes Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-05-27
Minneapolis-headquartered utility Xcel Energy reports it recently recognized 52 Minnesota businesses for their efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The Efficiency Partner awards, recognized the contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to conservation programs in 2018.

Xcel offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. The rebates submitted by these 52 companies saved Xcel Energy customers over 81 gWh of electricity and 127,000 dekatherms of natural gas -- equivalent of powering 7,665 homes for a year. (Source: Xcel Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


Xcel Energy Utility to be Coal-Free by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-05-24
Further to our April 1 coverage, Minnesota's largest utility, Xcel Energy reports that subject to Minnesota PUC approval, it plans to close its two remaining coal-fired power plants -- the Allen S. King plant in Oak Park Heights, Minn., and the Sherco 3, plant in Becker, Minn. -- 10 years earlier than previously announced. The two are the largest greenhouse gas, carbon-emitting sources on Xcel's system. The company's Monticello, Minnesota nuclear power plant will be kept online until 2040.

Xcel's broader energy plan includes extending the life of the Monticello nuclear plant, continuing to rely on natural gas power plants and increased focus on renewable energy sources. (Source: Xcel Energy, MPR News, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


Xcel Energy Retiring Coal Plants by the Dozen (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-04-01
Following up on our March 11 coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy, a $30 billion utility reports it has shuttered a quarter of its coal power plants and will soon shut down another 25 pct of its coal fired power capacity as part of it plan to deliver zero-carbon electricity to its 3.6 million customers by 2050, making it the first large American power company to commit to that goal. goal.

Xcel has already cut its emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels and aims to further cut emission to 80 pct by 2030. To that end, Xcel is rapidly moving away from coal which in 2013 supplied 46 pct of the utility's power and expanding its renewable energy portfolio, which is expected to make up more than half its power by 2024. The company plans to build 12 new wind farms across seven states. Xcel aims to retire 23 coal units -- about half its capacity -- between 2005 and 2027. (Source: Xcel, WRAL, 29 Mar., 2019)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


Xcel Report Confirms Renewables, CO2 Reduction Plans (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
In its just released Building a Carbon-Free Future report, Excel Energy outlines its plan to achieving its ambitious carbon reduction goal consistent with the Paris climate agreement and its plan to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity by 2050.

In 2018, Xcel Energy cut carbon emissions by 3 pct and has reduced carbon emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels by adding new wind and solar to its energy portfolio while retiring coal plants and transitioning with cleaner natural gas. Last year, Xcel Energy opened its new 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm in Colorado, the company's largest wind farm. Further, it will retire more coal plants or change those operations to reduce emissions and support strategic electrification of certain end uses, such as transportation, as well as invest in technologies to upgrade its grid. (Source: Xcel Energy, Daily Energy Insider, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


Xcel Supports 100 pct Carbon-Free Power by 2045 Act (Ind Report)
Southwestern Public Service,Xcel
Date: 2019-03-08
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Xcel subsidiary utility Southwestern Public Service (SPS) Co. reports it supports a Senate Bill 489, known as the Energy Transition Act. The bill would require SPS and New Mexico's two other public utilities to source 50 pct of their local electricity sales from renewable resources by 2030, 80 pct by 2040 and 100 pct carbon-free generation in 2045.

To meet that standard, SPS plans to add significantly more renewable generation to its Southwest grid over the next decade, including a 522-MW wind farm that is expected to come online in 2020. It's also building a 478 MW wind farm in West Texas, and will purchase 230 MW of wind energy from another facility owned by NextEra Energy. Taken together, the tree project will bump SPS' wind generation from 21 to 46 pct by 2022, making the utility's system 48 pct carbon-free that year.

SPS parent firm Xcel, which serves about 3.6 million electric customers in eight states, previously announced plans to slash its carbon emissions to 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve 100 pct carbon-free generation by 2050. (Source: Xcel Energy, Albuquerque, Journal, 6 Mar., 2019)Contact: Southwestern Public Service, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/southwestern-public-service; Xcel Energy, David Hudson, Pres.Southwest Region, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwestern Public Service ,  Xcel,  


Google Seeks Wind-Powered Data Center Tax Breaks (Ind Report)
Google
Date: 2019-02-27
Minnesota Public Radio reports Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker, Minnesota, for a tax break on a proposed $600 million wind powered data center property in central Minnesota. The tax break would save the company up to $15 million.

Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


Pablo Center Awarded Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Focus on Energy,Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-01-24
In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the Pablo Center performing and visual arts facility is reporting receipt of nearly $30,000 in incentive checks for its energy efficiency initiatives. The city of Eau Claire Focus on Energy business incentives program awarded the Center $21,000 of the total.

The Pablo Center's energy efficiency features include high-efficiency air conditioning units and LED lights and fixtures which save enough energy to to power 4,700 residential homes and about 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide given from coal being burned. (Source: Pablo Center, Xcel Energy, WEAU, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Pablo Center, 715-492-0240 www.pablocenter.org; Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs, www.xcelenergy.com; Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Xcel Energy,  


Allete Unloads North Dakota Thunder Spirit Wind Farm (M&A)
Allete Clean Energy,Montana-Dakota Utilities
Date: 2018-11-02
Further to our 5 March coverage, Duluth, Minnesota-based Allete Clean Energy is reporting the sale of the Thunder Spirit wind facility in North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities. The wind farm incorporates 16, 3-MW turbines generating sufficient energy for approximately 15,000 homes.

Allete also reports ground-breaking on a 106-MW, North Dakota wind project that will supply electricity to Xcel Energy under a 20-year PPA.

With these transactions, Allete now owns and operates wind generation facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania, and plans additional projects in 2019.(Source: Allete Clean Energy, KDAL Radio, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., www.montana-dakota.com; Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete Clean Energy,  Wind,  Montana-Dakota Utilities,  


Xcel Undeterred in Carbon Emissions Goals (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-08-27
Further to our June 8th coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy notes it remains committed to its carbon emissions goals and creating clean energy for its customers despite the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan coal pollution rules.

The new EPA Affordable Clean Energy Rule proposal would give states leeway on whether to limit emissions and by how much and allow older power plants to operate longer.

Xcel has coal plant operations in Becker, Minn. It has three units working and one united scheduled to be retired in 2023 and another in 2026.

Since 2005 Xcel has reduced carbon emissions 33 pct in the Upper Midwest -- a level that is ahead of the former U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. Xcel projects a 50 pct reduction in emissions by 2022. The company's current Upper Midwest energy mix is 58 pct carbon free -- 29 pct nuclear, 18 pct wind, 10 pct other renewables and 1 percent solar. The remaining mix is 30 pct coal and 12 pct natural gas. the company notes. By 2022, Xcel projects the Upper Midwest numbers to be 76 pct carbon free. (Source: Xcel Energy, 24 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


XCEL Announces Texas Wind Farm Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
XCEL Energy
Date: 2018-08-22
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting the ceremonial ground breaking of the Hale Wind Farm in Hale County, near Petersburg, Texas.

The project will incorporate 239 wind turbines spread over 60,000 acres and will generate 478 mw of power. The project, which is expected to be complete by June, 2019, will generate sufficient power for 168,000 homes. (Source: XCEL, Plainsview Herald, 17 Aug., 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News XCEL Energy,  Wind,  


Xcel's $200Mn Foxtail Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting groundbreaking on its 75-turbine, 150-MW Foxtail Wind project southwest of Fargo, North Dakota.

The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.

The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  Foxtail Wind,  


Xcel's 72-turbine SD Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-07-16
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports the South Dakota PUC has approved Excel's planned $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in Grant and Codington counties in northeastern South Dakota. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished and online in 2021.

Xcel presently owns five wind farms producing about 850 megawatts in the Upper Midwest with a sixth project under construction in Colorado.

The South Dakota project is one of eight new wind farms Xcel is developing in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. One of the projects, the 150-MW Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota, is already under construction. The other six planned are two 200-MW projects in Lincoln County in southwest Minnesota, a 100-MW farm in Pipestone County in southwest Minnesota, a 200-MW project in Freeborn County in southeast Minnesota and parts of Iowa, a 100-MW project in Morton and Mercer counties in south-central North Dakota and another Codington County project, this one at 600 megawatts, in northeast South Dakota. The seven are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: Twin Cities, Forum News, 14 July. 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Wind,  


Xcel Plan Closes Coal Plants, Slashes CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
Xcel Energy Colorado
Date: 2018-06-08
According to a Xcel Energy Colorado filing with the Colorado PUC, the utility's new power plan, which includes the closure of two coal-fired power plants, could save customers an estimated $215 million, cut carbon emissions by half and lift renewable energy sources to 55 pct of its electricity portfolio by 2026.

The plan would retire 660 mw of coal generation from the Commanche 1 and Commanche 2 plants in Pueblo and add 1,100 mw of new wind capacity, 750 mw of solar generation, and 380 mw of flexible gas sources. The plan reduces the utility's coal power production from 44 pct in 2017 to 24 pct by 2026. (Source: Xcel Energy Colorado, Denver Post, 6 June, 2018)Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy Colorado,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


Xcel Expanding Wind Capacity in New Mexico, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-05-21
Minnesota-headquartered Xcel Energy reports it has received Texas PUC approval to expand its wind energy capacity by 1,230 MW in Texas and New Mexico. New Mexico regulators approved the plan in March.

Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.

The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.

(Source: Xcel, Commercial Property Executive, May, 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


Minneapolis Community Solar Slated for Spring Startup (Ind. Report)
Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis
Date: 2018-03-07
In Minneapolis, the city's first community solar garden is reportedly slated to get underway this spring on a flat-roofed church along W. Broadway Avenue. The $500,000 Shiloh solar array will host 630 panels. The project, which is being developed by Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis , is 40 pct financed by a local equity investor.

The 2013, state-mandated Community Solar Garden program is administered by Xcel Energy. The program is aimed at residents, businesses and governments. (Source: Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis, StarTribune, 4 Mar., 2018)Contact: Cooperative Energy Futures of Minneapolis, (612) 568-2479, https://cooperativeenergyfutures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Xcel Energy,  


Minturn CO Joins Xcel Energy Conservation Program (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-03-07
In Colorado, the town of Minturn reports it has joined Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy in the development and adoption of an Energy Action Plan for saving energy and and pursuing renewable energy alternatives.

The town aims to cut building-related greenhouse gas emissions 5 pct per year, and 80 pct by 2050; cut energy consumption 5 pct from 2016 energy baseline by June 2019; and engage 5 pct of Minturn households and businesses in a renewable energy program. (Source: Town of Minturn, Vail Daily, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Town of Minturn, www.minturn.org/energysavers; Xcel Energy, [stasrtlink]www.xcelenergy.com[endlink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Conservation,  


Xcel, Winona Partner on Business Energy Improvement (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
In Minnesota, the city of Winona and Xcel Energy report they are working with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams to reach 100 downtown businesses with information on ways to cut energy consumption and save on energy costs. The door-to-door campaign aims to share information on the energy efficiency options such as rebates and incentives available to the city's businesses.

As part of the effort, businesses can sign up for free energy audits available through the Chamber of Commerce Energy Smart program later in March. The audits provide detailed recommendations for saving energy and money, and connect business owners to utility program and rebate options to meet their needs.

The information campaign is part of a continuing partnership with Xcel to encourage the use of renewable energy, cut energy consumption and to reduce the community's energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct over the next decade. Since starting their plan, the city of Winona and Xcel have concentrated on residential energy use and implemented programs to improve the efficiency of qualifying households. (Source: Xcel Energy, Wininoa Daily News, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, Partners in Energy, www.xcelenergy.com/PartnersinEnergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Minn. Biomass Plant Closure "Slighly Positive" says Economic Impact Study (Ind. Report)
Benson Energy
Date: 2018-02-21
Following up on our July 1t, 2017 coverage, A recently published study from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has revealed the economic impact of Xcel Energy's closing of the 50-MW, waste-wood and poultry litter-fired Fibrominn Benson Energy biomass power plant in the state.

According to a DEED required economic impact study, the closure would have a "slightly positive net economic impact statewide" despite having a negative local effect. The closure is being widely opposed on the grounds that it would adversely affect the environment and state economy, and violate guaranteed state contractual obligations. The Minnesota Timber Association and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are among the petitioners opposing the closure.

Download the Economic Impact of Closure: Benson Power Biomass Facility HERE. (Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Swift County Monitor, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, https://mn.gov/deed; Fibrominn Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn,  Benson Power,  Biomass,  


Broomfield, Xcel Energy Issue Business Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-02-07
In Colorado, the city of Broomfield reports it has joined with Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy Program aimed at developing and adopting an Energy Efficiency and Engagement Plan for the city's businesses.

The initiative is in line with the City and County of Broomfield's goal of achieving 365 energy-related actions from Broomfield businesses by the end of 2018. An energy-related action can be any number of energy saving activities, such as installing programmable thermostats, on-site solar, an energy audit or participating in an Excel efficiency and or renewable energy program.

Participating businesses, which are encouraged to implement at least one efficiency or renewable energy activity, will gain recognition from the City and County of Broomfield, Broomfield Chamber and Xcel Energy. (Source: Xcel Energy, City of Broomfield, Feb., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy Partners in Energy, www.xcelenergy.com/PartnersinEnergy; Invest Broomfield, Mike Van Den Bosch, Senior Economic Development Specialist, www.investbroomfield.com/BEST

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


Xcel Shuttering Minnesota Biomass Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Minnesota PUC
Date: 2017-12-04
In Minneapolis, the Minnesota PUC reports it has approved Xcel Energy's planned closure of three biomass electricity generation plants that taken together generate a minimal percentage of the utility's capacity.

In Benson, Minnesota, Xcel plans to purchase and close a plant that burns turkey manure to produce electricity and buy out its contract to purchase power from two wood-burning plants on the Iron Range.

In its application for approval to close the facilities, Xcel claimed the biomass plants were up to 10 times more costly than wind power. (Source: Xcel, Star Tribune, 30 Nov., 2017)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; Minnesota PUC, (651) 296-0406, https://mn.gov/puc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Biomass,  


Xcel Switching Winona to High-Efficiency LEDs (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-11-15
In Minnesota, Xcel Energy reports it has begun the replacement and upgrading of 2,500 old streetlights to high-efficiency LED units in the City of Winona, at no cost to the city. Xcel is paying all costs associated with the retrofitting, including the removal and salvage of old lights.

The new LED fixtures use approximately 40 to 60 pct less electricity than the current systems and have a longer service life and require less maintenance than old model street lights. Winona used approximately about 5 million kilowatt hours annually between its buildings and other requirements. (Source: Xcel Energy, City of Winona, Winona Daily News, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; City of Winona, www.cityofwinona.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  LED,  Energy Efficient Light,  Streetlight,  


Xcel Energy, IBM Partner on Boulder Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy, IBM
Date: 2017-11-13
Xcel Energy last week announced plans for a 6-MW, 54-acre solar array at the IBM campus in Gunbarrel, which, when complete, will be the largest solar project in the city. The massive solar array is expected to be completed and online in late 2018.

Xcel also recently announced it plans to increase its statewide renewable portfolio from the present 30 pct to 55 pct by 2026.

The city of Boulder is aiming to acquire Xcel's local assets and start a new city-run utility more focused on renewables and fighting climate change. Xcel is opposed to the city's plan. (Source: Xcel Energy, Boulder Daily Camera, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Boulder, Boulder Regional Sustainability Coordinator Jonathan Koehn, www.greenbiz.com/users/jonathan-koehn; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  IBM,  Solar,  


Mortenson Awarded Xcel Wind Farm Contracts (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Mortenson Construction
Date: 2017-10-30
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting the appointment of Mortenson Construction to construct two new wind farms in southwest Minnesota, as part of the utility's larger $2 billion 1,500-mw investment in new wind generation.

When fully operational, the "Blazing Star 1" and "Blazing Star 2" wind farms will incorportae 200 wind turbines to generate a combined power capacity of 400 MW. (Source: Xcel Energy, Finance & Commerce, October 24, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; Mortenson Construction, www.mortenson.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  Mortenson Construction,  


Wanzek Contracts for Xcel's Foxtail Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Wanzek,Xcel
Date: 2017-10-27
In North Dakota, West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction has been hired by Xcel Energy to build the utility's $270 million Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota. Wanzek will also build the the Freeborn Energy Project in southern Minnesota and Iowa. The cost of the North Dakota project is $270 million. Work is scheduled to begin next spring with completion scheduled for 2019. (Source: Wanzek, PR, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Wanzek Construction, (701) 893-3623, www.wanzek.com; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel,  Wind,  


Ameren Missouri Commits to Major Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-10-20
Ameren Missouri, the Show-me state's largest utility is now among the first utilities in the country to announce an ambitious carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction goal of cutting its CO2 emissions by 80 pct by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. To that end, Ameren is retiring half of its coal capacity by 2050. The average age of Ameren's coal fleet is nearly 50 years, with the newest plant being 40 years old.

Other utilities that have committed to major emissions cuts include Xcel Energy, DTE Energy, Duke Energy and others. (Source: Ameren, NRDC, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Carbon Emissions,  


NRRI Touts Refined Woody Biomass Solid Biofuel (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota Duluth
Date: 2017-10-06
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is touting the launch of its Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Coleraine Lab. The facility can convert 3-4 tpd of woody biomass waste to solid briquette biofuel that "replicates the energy output and durability of traditional coal" and can be used as an alternative to coal. A further processing could to create syngas or liquid fuels, according to the Lab.

In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."

The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.

The Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research, philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application of advanced wood-to-energy solutions. (Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694, www.nrri.umn.edu; CAWES, www.usendowment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  torrefaction,  Biofuel ,  


Xcel Energy Planning 300-MW South Dakota Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-09-29
Xcel Energy reports it plans to construct and own a 300-MW wind farm in South Dakota, the first publicly announced wind project to move forward under the phase-down of the production tax credit. The project, which brings the company's proposed wind farms to 13 representing 3,680 MW of capacity across seven states, puts Xcel on track to be the first US utility to exceed 10 GW of wind on its system. According to Xcel, he project is cheap enough to compete on cost with other fuel sources even without the full tax credit. (Source: Xcel Energy, Renewables, 27 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


Community Solar Program Announced in Denver (Ind. Report)
Denver Housing Authority,Namaste Solar
Date: 2017-09-25
The Denver Housing Authority reports it will launch a low-income community solar program that includes a 2 MW solar project.

The program will be supported by utility Xcel Energy's community solar program, GRID Alternatives Colorado, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and Monarch Private Capital will serve as financial partners. Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar will serve as the installation partner. (Source: Denver Housing Authority , PV Mag., September 21, 2017) Contact: Denver Housing Authority, (720) 932-3000, www.denverhousing.org; GRID Alternatives Colorado, (866) 921-4696, www.gridalternatives.org; Namaste Solar, www.namastesolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  


Xcel Announces 2.4-GW Colorado Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2017-09-01
Xcel Energy and a coalition of 14 diverse groups have presented a new Colorado Energy Plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that includes adding 2,400 MW of clean energy capacity, mostly from renewable sources.

The clean energy proposal would entail a $2.5 billion investment in rural Colorado that could increase the state's renewable energy standard to 55 pct by 2026. Xcel intends to issue an all-source RfP seeking up to 1,000 MW of wind, 700 MW of solar and 700 MW of natural gas and/or storage capacity. The plan sets utility ownership targets of 50 pct of renewable generation resources and 75 pct of natural gas-fired, storage, or renewable with storage generation resources in the portfolio, according to an Xcel statement. The plan is subject to CPUC approval. (Source: Xcel Energy, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy Colorado, David Eves, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com; Colorado Public Utilities Commission, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc

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Xcel Selects Tendril for Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Tendril
Date: 2017-08-23
Xcel Energy reports it has selected Tendril's Orchestrated Energy for a new smart thermostat optimization pilot launching later this month. Under the program, Xcel Energy customers in Colorado and Minnesota will be able to optimize their smart thermostats cooling and/or heating schedules to reduce peak load by up to 50 pct and lower energy consumption by as much as 20 percent.

Detials are HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, 22 Aug., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, xcelenergy.com; Tendrill, www.tendrilinc.com

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75F Touts Xcel Funded Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,75F
Date: 2017-08-02
Burnsville, Minnesota-headquartered building controls specialist 75F reports it is the first partner company to help its customers take advantage of the One-Stop Efficiency Shop® for HVAC upgrades.

The 75F Facilisight application suite provides remote and mobile access to building management system control, monitoring and scheduling and achieves HVAC efficiency through Dynamic Airflow Balancing and Outside Air Optimization from remotre locations. Eligible small- and mid-size businesses in Xcel Energy Minnesota's service territory can qualify for up to 60 pct rebates on HVAC efficiency upgrades and may qualify for 3.9 pct APR financing as part of the Xcel Energy program. (Source: 75F , PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: 75F, Deepinder Singh, CEO, Kristen Johnson, Marketing Director, (612) 616-6272, (888) 590-8995, Kristen@75f.io, info@75f.io, http://75f.io

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Xcel Plans Benson Power Biomass Plant Closing (Ind. Report)
Benson Power,Fibrowatt
Date: 2017-07-17
Following-up on our May 1, 2017 coverage, Xcel Energy reports it is seeking Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval to cease power production and terminate its Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Benson Power LLC in Benson, Minnesota.

The Benson facility, the first power plant in the U.S. designed to burn poultry litter as its main source of fuel, generates 55 MW of electric power from a combination of turkey manure and wood chips. All of the energy is purchased by Xcel Energy. The plant, which was developed by Fibrowatt LLC, part of the Homeland Renewable Energy Group, went into production in 2007.

Xcel Energy has made four other filings with the PUC related to ending the state's biomass mandate requiring it to purchase power produced from wood chips, turkey litter and other biomass. (Source: Xcel Energy, Swift County Monitor-News, Others, July 14, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Xcel, Energy CENTS Partner on St. Paul Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-07-14
In St. Paul, Xcel Energy reports it is partnering with the Energy CENTS Coalition on a community solar garden offering to help the city's Railroad Island area residents cut energy consumption and lower their energy bills.

Subscriptions to the program will be available without a credit check, long-term commitment or up-front payments. The program will include a free home energy audit to identify and install low-cost energy efficiency measures and provide energy conservation tips. Pending approvals, the program is expected to launch in 2018. (Source: Xcel Energy, EL&P, Others, 11 July, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy-Minnesota, www.xcelenergy.com; Energy CENTS Coalition, (651) 774-9010, www.energycents.org

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Southwest PS Proposes 1 GW of New Wind in NM, Texas (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Southwest Public Service
Date: 2017-06-28
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwest Public Service Co. has proposed a 522-MW wind facility near Portales, New Mexico and a 478-MW wind facility in Hale County, Texas.

The two proposal, which are subject to regulatory approvals in both states, would increase wind's share of the company's generation mix from 20 pct to 40 pct.

Amarillo-based utility Southwestern Public Service Company generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Texas and New Mexico. The company generates electricity through various fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, wind, and solar power. It also conducts various wholesale marketing operations, including the purchase and sale of electric capacity, energy, ancillary services, and energy related products. The company provides electric utility services to approximately 389,000 retail customers. It serves large commercial and industrial electric retail customers of various industries. (Source: Southwest Public Service, Santa Fe New Mexican, Power Engineering, Power Engineering, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Xcel Energy Cuts Carbon Emissions 30 pct (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-05-31
In Minneapolis, Xcel Energy has released its Corporate Responsibility Report highlighting the company's achievements as it transitions to cleaner energy sources, provides energy efficiency programs, economic development and energy assistance support.

In 2016 Xcel Energy reduced carbon emissions 30 pct since 2005, four years earlier than expected. The company now anticipates it will achieve at least a 45 pct reduction in carbon emissions system wide by 2021. To reach its goal, the company is transforming how it produces energy and adding significant amounts of low-cost wind and solar energy, encouraging energy efficiency, retiring aging coal units and repowering some facilities with cleaner natural gas.

The company is also: reducing air emissions, such as nitrogen oxide, by approximately 70 pct; cutting water consumption by 35 pct; offering more than 150 energy-saving programs that combined, help customers annually save about a terawatt-hour of electricity -- enough to power more than 142,000 homes; spending $2.4 billion with local businesses -- 70 pct of its spending on goods and services. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Xcel, Benson Agree on Biomass Plant Closure Terms (Ind. Report)
Fibrominn,Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-05-08
Following on our May 1st coverage, Minnesota Public Radio is reporting that Xcel Energy and the western Minnesota city of Benson have agreed on a plan to mitigate the expected closure of a turkey litter-fired biomass power plant, due to high operating costs. The plant was formerly known as Fibrominn.

Under the agreement, Xcel would provide a $20 million incentive to bring a new industry to Benson. The plant presently accounts for 25 pct of the city's property tax levy. The plant closure is subject to state regulatory approval. (Source: MPR News, Xcel, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Turkey Litter Powered Power Plant Facing the Chop (Ind. Report)
Benson Power,Fibrominn
Date: 2017-05-01
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is reporting that Benson Power, formerly known as Fibrominn, could soon pull the plug on its 55-MW, turkey litter and wood chip -fired biomass electric power generation operations in Benson, Minn. The plant has a PPA signed in 1994 with Xcel Energy which has indicated it wants out of the contract. Xcel generates or purchases 125 MW of biomass energy per year. (Source: MPR News, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Xcel Investing $1.6 Bn in SW Region Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-03-29
Xcel Energy reports it will invest $1.6 billion in the construction of two new wind energy developments as well enter into a long-term contract with two existing sites, adding 1,230 MW of capacity to its regional system.

The company plans to build the Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, N.M. by 2020 and the Hale Wind Project in Hale County, south of Plainview, by 2019. Two prospective wind fields in Cochran County and Crosby County near Lubbock, Texas, owned by NextEra Energy Resources and known collectively as Bonita Wind Project, will generate an additional 230 MW from 2019 to 2049.

According to a company report, wind comprised 19 pct of all energy produced in Xcel's Southwest Region, and is expected to generate nearly 40 pct of the company's energy by 2021, when Sagamore, Hale and Bonita are all online. (Source: Xcel, Amarillo Globe News, 21 Mar., 2017)Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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Xcel Touts 1.23 GW in SW US Wind Projects (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-03-27
US utility Xcel Energy is reported to have submitted a proposal to add 1,230 MW of primarliy company-owned new wind power capacity in Texas and New Mexico. To date Xcel has proposed 11 new wind farms in seven states totaling 3,380 MW. The plan, to be implemented through 2021, includes a mix of owned wind parks and PPAs.

Xcel has submitted proposals for the 522-MW Sagamore Wind project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, and the 478-MW Hale Wind scheme in Hale County, Texas. The former is developed by Invenergy, while NextEra Energy Resources developed Hale Wind. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 22 Mar, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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ALLETE Clean Energy to Provide Wind Power to Xcel (Ind. Report)
ALLETE Clean Energy
Date: 2017-03-27
ALLETE Clean Energy reports it will build, own and operate a 100-MW wind farm north of Glen Ullin, North Dakota to provide power to Xcel Energy under the terms of a recently signed 20-year PPA. The Clean Energy One project has been under development since 2011. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2019.

With the completion of the Clean Energy One project, ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minnesota-based ALLETE Inc., will own and operate approximately 640 MW of wind generation capacity in five states. (Source: ALLETE, Daily Energy Insider, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: ALLETE Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck, Pres., (218) 355-3232, www.allete.com

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Franklin, Xcel Seal Colorado Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
Franklin Energy Services
Date: 2017-03-06
Wisconsin-based energy efficiency program implementation specialist Franklin Energy Services reports it has inked a deal with Xcel Energy Colorado for "on-site Energy assessments and small building tune-ups for small business and commercial and industrial customers" from its existing office in the Denver area.

Under the terms of the agreement, Franklin will conduct energy assessments to identify cost effective energy efficiency improvements in support of Xcel Energy's demand side management programs through customer education and awareness of potential energy saving opportunities. (Source: Franklin Energy Services, PR, 3 Mar., 2017) Contact: Franklin Energy Services, LLC, Kevin McDonough, Pres., Jamie Delk, (262) 284-3838, jdelk@franklinenergy.com, www.franklinenergy.com

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St. Paul Launches Climate Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
Compact of Mayors
Date: 2017-02-27
In Minnesota, the city of St. Paul reports it is planning to institute an Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution pave the way to the city's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. St, Paul is one of 633 worldwide communities that have agreed, as part of a , to develop plans to address climate change.

To expedite its goal, St. Paul city staff spent the past year gathering related data and found that St. Paul's emissions, which are caused by everything from car trips to home energy use to industrial processes, equaled 3.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015, not including emissions from power plants.According to the data, transportation was responsible for 37 pct of the city's emissions, 35 pct was from commercial businesses and 17 pct was emitted by residential properties.

Xcel Energy began working with the city last year to collect energy usage data and improve building efficiency as part of the company's "Partners in Energy" program, which dovetails with the city's action plan. (Source: Xcel Energy, StarTribune, Mar., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, www.compactofmayors.org

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Denver Microgrid, Energy Storage Partnership Touted (Ind. Report)
Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Younicos
Date: 2017-02-20
Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos Energy have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Pena Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Pena Station NEXT presently has 20 pct solar penetration and is expected to have 30 pct solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

The project will feature a 1.6 MW carport solar system, a 259 kW rooftop solar array using Panasonic HIT solar panels, and a Younicos 2 MW/2 MWh lithium ion battery system with inverter and controls. The battery storage component will be integrated into the company's Y.Cube system. The battery energy storage system will feature: solar energy grid integration via solar smoothing ramp control and solar time shifting; grid peak demand reduction; energy arbitrage; frequency regulation; and backup power for Panasonic's network operations center. (Source: Solar Love, CleanTechnica, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Panasonic, www.panasonic.com

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Xcel Launches $4M Denver Solar Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy, Sunverge Energy
Date: 2017-02-20
In Denver , Xcel Energy reports it is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliabilityl in a $4 million, two-year pilot program that will test the value of storing solar energy in banks of batteries in city's Stapleton neighbourhood.

The pilot project aims to understand how energy storage can help manage the impact of high concentration of rooftop solar energy on a feeder in the Stapleton neighborhood This includes accommodating more solar energy on the grid, while storing excess solar power.

For the project, San Francisco-based Sunverge Energy is providing six in-home batteries and control software while Waitsfield, VT-based Northern Reliability is supplying six, utility-scale batteries. The batteries are expected to be installed in the fall and to comprise two 18-kW batteries, two 36 kW batteries and two 54 kW batteries. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, Dir. of Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com; Northern Reliability, (802) 496-2955, northernreliability.com

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Marshall Solar Energy Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2017-01-25
Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources reports that its 62-MW Marshall Solar Energy Project in Lyon County, Minnesota, is now delivering electricity. The Marshall project, which generates sufficient electric power for 15,000 homes, follows the company's first large-scale solar project, the 100 MW North Star in Chisago County.

The Marshall project and North Star are respectively owned and operated by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and affiliates of New York-based D.E. Shaw Group. Both new solar facilities deliver power to Xcel under long-term PPAs. (Source: Xcel Energy, Star Tribune, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Xcel-Minnesota, Chris Clark, Pres., www.xcelenergy.com; Marshall Solar Energy Project, www.marshallsolarproject.com

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Xcel Considers Dormant Wyoming Wind Farm's Future (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2016-11-04
In Wyoming, Xcel Energy reports that the future of its mothballed 1998-vintage, 44-turbine Ponnequin wind farm south of Cheyenne is still uncertain. The 30-MW wind farm, which is comprised of both 650-kilowatt and 750-kilowatt turbines, was taken offline in December 2015 and is currently dormant.

According to Xcels media representative Mark Stutz, the utility is "developing a decommissioning plan, and it is Xcel Energy's intent to return the site to its original state, but other potential options may be explored in the process." Stutz added that the decision to end the wind farm's operations was primarily due to economics, with replacement parts difficult to find, making maintenance more difficult.

Wind farm decommissioning in Wyoming requires removal of all turbines, towers, substations, buildings, cabling, electrical components, foundations and other associated or ancillary equipment or structures within the facility boundary above and below ground. Decommissioning must begin one year after the end of the useful life of the wind farm or individual turbine or when no electricity is generated from a wind farm or individual turbine for a one-year period. (Source: Xcel Energy, wyomingnews.com, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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