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Xcel Energy issues call out to biogas producers as it explores RNG for 1.8 million customers


One of America’s largest energy companies has called on biogas producers to tell it how much renewable natural gas (RNG) they can supply.

The request for information (RFI) has been issued by Xcel Energy, which wants to start offering RNG to its customers in eight states – Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

The company has 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers.

Xcel Energy’s RFI requests general and technical information from RNG project developers, to identify the locations and cost of capturing the RNG and injecting it into pipes for use in customers’ homes and businesses.

Respondents are asked to provide information on RNG for sale from operational facilities, projects that are under development or ventures being planned or considered. The requested information includes production method, daily production volumes, gas quality, locations, start-up dates and contract terms.

Submissions must be filed by 5 p.m. Central Time on July 15. To see the RFI document, visit here

Climate leadership

Xcel Energy was the first US energy company to pledge to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050, achieving an 80% reduction by 2030. It now aims to green its gas supply.

The long-term ambition is to establish programs allowing customers to choose RNG, similar to Windsource® and Renewable Connect®, programs that have increased the amount of renewable energy customers use.

Renewables deliver 28% of the company’s current energy supply – with a target to hit 60% by 2030 – which has reduced its carbon emissions by 43% against a 2005 benchmark.

Earlier this year Xcel Energy won the 2020 Climate Leadership and the Organizational Leadership Awards for carbon emissions reduction efforts and its support for communities and customers in achieving their clean energy and climate goals.

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