Views from this rocky outcrop look west onto the Shenandoah Valley and north to Shenandoah National Park.
Humpback Rocks Views from this rocky outcrop look west onto the Shenandoah Valley and north to Shenandoah National Park. © Daniel White


Our Statement on Xcel Energy Commitment

Xcel Commits to Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

Arlington, VA

Today, Xcel Energy, an energy company whose operations stretch across eight Western and Midwestern states, made a commitment to zero carbon emissions for 100% of its operations by 2050. The undertaking represents a significant and clear commitment by Xcel to reduce carbon emissions in its operations.

“Today’s announcement acknowledges that dramatically reducing our carbon impact is both a necessary and practical decision for our economy and the environment,” said Jason Albritton, Director of Climate and Energy Policy for North America at The Nature Conservancy. “Smart companies realize that meeting the urgent challenge of climate change is not just a call to act responsibly, but an opportunity to lead with innovation.  We’re pleased to see Xcel Energy expand their commitment to reducing carbon emissions and their climate impact.”

“The National Climate Assessment’s sobering report makes it clear,” Albritton added. “We must develop and adopt products and processes that lead us to a future without carbon pollution.”

“As the largest energy provider in Colorado, we are pleased to see Xcel Energy announce its commitment to zero carbon emissions by 2050,” says The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado State Director, Carlos Fernandez. “The need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy to protect Colorado’s air and water has never been more urgent.”

“To avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we must achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century,” said Peggy Ladner, director of The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota. “Rapidly transitioning to clean, renewable energy is critical to protecting our lands and waters and to sustaining our economy in Minnesota and beyond. We’re pleased to work with Ben Fowke, CEO and President of Xcel Energy, to help build a prosperous clean energy future where nature and people thrive.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.