Xcel Energy says it’s the first US utility to verify and register all of its greenhouse gas emissions data with The Climate Registry for seven consecutive years. The company’s emissions reporting validates Xcel Energy’s more than 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the last decade.
Xcel Energy achieved Climate Registered status by successfully measuring and reporting the company’s emissions from 2005 to 2011. The scope includes both direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated with providing utility energy service as well as emissions that are considered optional to report under TCR’s best-in-class Electric Power Sector Protocol. All of the emissions data has been third-party verified and reported on TCR’s website.
In addition to TCR, Xcel Energy reports its emissions to local, state and federal entities, and provides the information publicly to CDP and the company’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Xcel Energy says it is on track to achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide companywide by 2020 from 2005 levels. The company’s clean energy strategy includes increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, as well as modernizing and retiring plants.
Xcel Energy has publicly reported its emissions for 2012 to 2014 and is currently working with TCR to verify and register emissions for these years as well.