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May 12, 2011 7:21 PM by Stephanie Collins

Xcel to meet clean energy mandate 8 years early

DENVER (AP) - Officials for Colorado's largest utility say they will meet the state's renewable energy mandate at least eight years ahead of schedule.

Officials at Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy confirmed Thursday that 30 percent of the utility's energy will come from renewable sources by the middle of 2012, ahead of a 2020 state deadline. The Denver Business Journal first reported the comments.

Xcel officials say they will file their future energy portfolio with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Friday. The proposal will outline a 10-year comprehensive plan for meeting the state's renewable energy standard, but officials say they're only going to ask the commission to approve the next two years of the plan.

Pam Kiely at Environment Colorado says Xcel has consistently shown they're willing to be national leaders in clean energy.

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