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Xcel Energy is suspending disconnections to service to ensure people have uninterrupted power as communities and states deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement issued by the company on Sunday, Xcel will not be disconnecting residential customers’ electric services until further notice, to "help ensure people have the energy they need to power their homes and keep their families safe."

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Xcel Energy has set a single-year record by cutting carbon emissions by over 10%.

According to a press release from the company, over the past 15 years, the energy giant has managed to slash its carbon emissions by 44%.

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XCel Energy says it plans to refund nearly $40 million to its Texas customers this June.

According to a press release from XCel spokesman Wes Reeves, the giveback is due to “a continued drop in prices for power plant fuel and the increased use of low-cost wind energy resources.”

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Through a new program, Texas Panhandle residents could get paid for their outdated refrigerators.

According to a press release from Xcel Energy, the utility giant has begun paying Texas customers $50 for old refrigerators and freezers.

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The High Plains experienced staggeringly strong winds on Wednesday, with some areas seeing hurricane-force winds.

In Amarillo, the National Weather Service reported gusts of up to 80 miles per hour.

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Xcel Energy’s plan to boost renewables was approved by Colorado regulators Monday.

As The Denver Post reports, Xcel Energy Colorado plans to boost the share of power it gets from wind and solar and retire a third of its coal generation.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission voted 2 to 1 in support of Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan, which the company says will increase its renewable energy sources to 55 percent within the next eight years.

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Xcel Energy is moving closer toward boosting wind energy production in the Texas Panhandle.

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Xcel Energy crews from West Texas have been hard at work in Puerto Rico, helping to restore power to devastated hurricane victims there, reports The Amarillo Globe-News.

Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves says some crews will be returning this weekend, at which point another energy crew will head out for a three-week deployment.

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Colorado’s main utility company is featured in a New York Times article for its embrace of solar and wind energy.

A Feb. 6 article outlines Colorado’s largest power company, Xcel Energy’s plans to replace two large coal-burning units with renewable energy and possibly some natural gas.

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High Plains energy workers are doing their part to support the largest power restoration effort in the history of the United States.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, 36 Xcel employees from Amarillo spent a week in Florida, helping thousands of families and businesses recover power in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The energy workers arrived in the state just after the hurricane had moved northward into Georgia. When the workers arrived, there were seven million people without power in the Sunshine State.