Climate Change

XCEL Energy

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Minneapolis, United States

Xcel Energy's lobbying on climate change policy appears to be mostly negative. Xcel Energy originally opposed the Clean Power Plan in 2014, criticizing it in consultation as illegal and requesting the removal of interim GHG emission goals. Evidence from 2016 suggests some increased support for state efforts to enact the emission reductions associated with the plan. However, in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Excel appears to have advocated for measures that might weaken the ambition of compliance measures such as renewable energy support and model emission trading rules. Xcel Energy does not appear to support renewable energy legislation and, having opposed solar mandates in Minnesota in 2013, it is also actively opposing distributive solar generation policy and has supported anti-distributive solar legislation in Colorado in 2013 and 2016, as well as Minnesota in 2015. Despite this, Xcel Energy has stated support a low-carbon energy transition, advocating for increased wind and utility-scale solar power, the electrification of transportation and the substitution of coal with gas. Although Xcel Energy is a member of the American Wind Energy Association, which strongly supports climate change policy, it also retains membership to the Edison Electric Institute and the Consumer Energy Alliance; two organizations actively opposing certain strands of US climate legislation.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 1 NS NS NS 0 NS 1 NA
Climate Science Stance NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Emissions Trading NS NS 0 -1 NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 2 -1 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS 1 -1 -1 -1 0 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 1 1 NS 1 1 1 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 0 0 -1 0 0 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 1 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NA
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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.