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CATF Statement: Xcel Energy Aims for Zero-Carbon Electricity by 2050

Clean Air Task Force applauds Xcel Energy’s commitment announced today to provide carbon free energy by 2050, and an 80% reduction in carbon emissions within the next twelve years.

Xcel Energy’s carbon reduction goals are the right targets at the right time and put the company in a leadership class by itself. We know that we need to virtually eliminate carbon emissions by mid-century to manage climate change, and the power grid will need to lead that effort.

Figuring out how to achieve these targets at an affordable cost will be a challenge but can be done with the right technology and policy mix. Xcel Energy’s commitment to work with others to achieve that mix can provide a global model.