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Xcel Energy Crews Headed To Puerto Rico

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A crew of utility workers from the Upper Midwest is heading to Puerto Rico to help with the ongoing power restoration efforts following Hurricane Maria. Twenty-five Xcel Energy workers from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are travelling to Puerto Rico Monday. They will depart from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Xcel Energy says they’ll be working…

Xcel Energy Sending Crews To Help Puerto Rico Power Restoration

MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. – Xcel Energy has announced that it is sending crews to Puerto Rico to help with ongoing power restoration efforts. Xcel is sending approximately 65 line workers and support staff to Puerto Rico. Hundreds of thousands of people still remain without power after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20th. Trucks left for the island earlier this month…

Xcel Energy Building 175 New Wind Turbines

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Xcel Energy is adding to its wind power. The utility company is partnering with Wanzek Construction of West Fargo to build a wind farm in Dickey County and another in Iowa with some turbines located in Minnesota. Construction of the Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County is planned for 2018. The Freeborn Wind Farm, mainly…

Xcel Energy May Split Subsidiary For Minnesota, North Dakota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Xcel Energy has proposed splitting its utility operations in North Dakota and Minnesota. Xcel says widening policy differences between the two states over clean energy have caused stresses that might best be solved by a breakup. But a consultant for the North Dakota Public Service Commission is arguing against the separation. The consultant says North Dakota wouldn’t…

Xcel Energy Gives Back by Painting Resident’s Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The rain didn’t stop a group of volunteers from helping a Sioux Falls family get their home back in shape. Around 20 volunteers from Xcel Energy and Habitat for Humanity came together to repaint a home owners house. The project was part of Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project and Xcel Energy’s annual ‘Day of Service’. The annual…

Utilities Finish Last Piece Of CapX2020 Power Grid Expansion

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power say they’ve completed a 70-mile power line in South Dakota that’s the last piece of a major expansion of the upper Midwest power grid called CapX2020. The new 345-kilovolt line connects a new substation near Big Stone City with an existing substation in Brookings in eastern South Dakota. In the…

Hundreds Without Power During Severe Weather

Eastern South Dakota hit with mass power outages

According to Xcel Energy and electric cooperatives, more than 1,000 customers are without power in eastern South Dakota as severe weather rolls through the Sioux Empire Tuesday evening. Xcel is reporting more than 1,500 customers are without power in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas.  You can follow Xcel Energy’s website for the latest information on outages.  The South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s…

Xcel Energy Proposes The Largest-Ever South Dakota Wind Investment

Wind farm part of Upper Midwest plan for 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation

SIOUX FALLS – Xcel Energy announced new details today about its plans for one of the nation’s largest wind energy investments and the largest-ever wind farm in South Dakota. By adding 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest, including 600 megawatts in South Dakota, the proposal is Xcel Energy’s largest to date with seven wind farms to…

Northeastern South Dakota Facing Mass Power Outages

More than 10,000 customers experiencing outages statewide

According to the state’s rural electric association, more than 10,000 customers throughout South Dakota are experiencing power outages. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says the Christmas Day winter storms knocked out power for about half of the state’s electric cooperatives. Crews spent most of the holiday trying to restore power amid ice, snow and strong winds, which hampered their work….

Expert Tips To Deal With Deep Freeze

Power outage information & protect your home during cold weather

Xcel Energy is preparing for the heavy snow, ice and brutally cold temperatures set to hit the region this weekend.  The company says it has crews and equipment ready to respond to power outages. People are asked to check the outage map on Xcel’s website for the latest on the number of customers affected and when their power will come…