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02/12/2013

Xcel Energy Receives National Wildlife Conservation Award

For photo and interview requests, contact John Brasier at (803) 637-7667 or jbrasier@nwtf.net

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Xcel Energy, based in Minneapolis, received the NWTF Energy for Wildlife National Achievement Award Feb. 14 at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

A major U.S. electric and natural gas company with 5.3 customers in eight states in the Midwest and Southwest, is a certified member of the NWTF’s Energy for Wildlife program, which was created to enhance wildlife habitat on land owned, managed or influenced by energy companies.

Xcel utilizes a plan to manage its land and rights of way for wildlife.

Xcel partners with the NWTF, numerous state and federal agencies and private landowners on wildlife habitats on several properties in its service areas and provides public access opportunities through land holdings in several states.

“Xcel Energy is honored to receive this award,” said Xcel permitting analyst Matt McFarlane. “Our partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation has provided us with wildlife habitat enhancements within our right-of-ways as well as environmental educational sites on Company-owned lands.”

Through grant funds from the Xcel Energy Foundation, the NWTF has been able to conserve and improve wildlife habitat in Texas and Colorado. Xcel is also a partner with the NWTF in habitat conservation projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Xcel is also improving wildlife habitat on thousands of acres of rights of way under construction in multiple states.

“As an NWTF partner and Energy for Wildlife member, Xcel Energy has set their organization apart from other companies in the energy industry,” said Jay Jordan, NWTF Energy for Wildlife coordinator. “The company’s leadership is committed to providing safe, reliable, energy for their customers, but also strives to improve habitat for wildlife. Their commitment is evident in the way they support conservation in their operations every day.”

The NWTF, a nonprofit organization, is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore 17.3 million acres of wildlife habitat, investing $412 million.

Since the NWTF’s founding in 1973, the North American wild turkey population has increased from 1.3 million to 6.5 million with wild turkey inhabiting 99 percent of suitable habitat.

Any company involved in the production, transmission or distribution of energy is eligible to become a member of the Energy for Wildlife program. For more information about the NWTF or the Energy for Wildlife program call (800) THE-NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org or go to www.facebook.com/theNWTF.

“Xcel Energy is honored to receive this award.  Our partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation has provided us with wildlife habitat enhancements within our right-of-ways as well as environmental educational sites on Company-owned lands.”

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