Xcel Energy Inc.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Marijuana: PR man Joe Hodas on why he went from Smashburger and Frontier to pot

    Joe Hodas is used to living the high life: The longtime PR guy spent five years as spokesman for Frontier Airlines in the mid-2000s, went on to a VP role with Smashburger, and then became an executive vice president with Vladimir Jones, a high-powered ad and PR firm, representing clients like Centur ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Fracking interests, Xcel spend more than $1 million combined on ballot issues

    We're in the last lap of voting season, which means the fliers, robocalls and door-to-door canvassers are piling up faster than heaps of dead leaves. But some of the biggest spenders in this off-year election aren't your usual crowd of school board hopefuls, tax hikers and pot crusaders: They're the ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!) September 6-8, 2013

    August is over, but the fun isn't. This weekend is full of inexpensive entertainment in and around Denver -- if you know where to find it. And we're here to be your (free) guides. The following ten events each under $10 include everything from a night of Stick N Poke tattoos to outdoor festivals, ar ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Video of the Day: New Era's takedown of Xcel-linked ballot measure goes viral

    In 2011, Boulderites voted to take care of their own power needs, giving Xcel Energy the boot. Now, New Era Colorado, a pro-municipal-energy outfit, says Question 310, an Xcel-linked measure on the November ballot, may undo the entire project. To fight back, New Era created a video casting the battl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Colfax businesses in the dark over Greektown's blue-light special

    Businesses along a stretch of East Colfax Avenue have been in the dark about why, well, they were still in the dark last week - months after a new lighting project had started on the street, as part of a package of city improvements to "create an enhanced transit corridor." The Colfax East project c ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012
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    July 19, 2012

    Downtown Sheraton puts homegrown, organic mint in its mojitos

    Already the biggest hotel downtown, the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel is now one of the greenest as well. This past spring, the Sheraton received the Watts to Water award for "Greatest Improvement in Efficiency," as well as an Xcel Energy "Management Systems Achievement" award, thanks to the effort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    E-470 launches country's largest toll-road solar power purchase pact -- for free

    The unbearably hot weather is not all bad. This was the recurring joke of a press conference under the blazing sun just off toll road E-470, where officials announced the launch of a twenty-year solar energy project that, by some measures, is the largest of its kind in the country.

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    June 25, 2012

    National Renewable Energy Lab is building homes of the future that are smarter than you

    In the future, your home and its appliances might talk to you, make decisions for you, and, if the National Renewable Energy Lab is successful, help you save money. And, you know, make Planet Earth a greener place. Get more details and see photos of our domestic future below.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Xcel Energy's got a big shovel -- and it's not ashamed to show it off

    Denver blog posts mean business. Denver Egotist shows off the giant shovel that makes the new Xcel Energy billboard on the downtown Marriott three-dimensional. Your and My True Stories asks: Did Bob Enyart fib about being a delegate on the radio? The Redheaded Slut wonders if everything has an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Coal's future so bleak even energy execs starting to admit it

    About 40 percent of the nation's electrical grid depends on coal for fuel. But facing increasing state and federal regulations that are shutting down many coal plants, a battery of pesky scientists moaning about climate change, increasing competition from ever-cheaper natural gas and renewables, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Xcel Energy not amused by April Fool's Day letters about Boulder power cuts

    April Fool's Day jokes often seem funnier to those pulling them than they do to their targets. That was undoubtedly the case for bogus letters claiming that Xcel Energy would be cutting off anyone who voted to end Boulder's relationship with the power supplier.

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    December 7, 2011

    Noah Miranda busted for walking in traffic to test whether drivers cared enough not to hit him

    ​At one time or another, we've all wondered if the average person cares about our personal welfare. But Noah Miranda allegedly took things a step further, conducting a survey on the question. One person at a time. In the middle of a street. In the dark. While drunk.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Lincoln Park asparagus is the crown jewel of Denver vegetables: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

    ​ Lincoln Park asparagus can be grown from seeds or crowns, but the latter method respects the prestige of Lincoln Park. Home to the Santa Fe Arts District, Denver Health Hospital, West High School, Xcel Energy Zuni Generation Station and the 105-year-old Buckhorn Exchange, Lincoln Park is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Renewable energy standards in CO: Lawsuit claims bias against nonrenewable electricity

    ​Are there still people out there who oppose green energy initiatives? Hell yes there are. The American Tradition Institute, a think tank that espouses "free-market principles of stewardship" pertaining to environmental issues, has filed a complaint against the State of Colorado, arguing that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2010

    Cops, blackouts, sidewalk sing-a-longs: Hey Monday at the Marquis, 11/12/10

    Britt ChesterNo lights, camera, action!​ HEY MONDAY With We Are The In Crowd • the Ready Set • Cartel • This Century 11.12.10 | Marquis Theater If there was any question as to whether this show was sold out, the line snaking past the Gin Mill just before 7 p.m. dispelled any doubts. Ea ... More >>

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    October 30, 2010

    Dome wildfire: Update about evacuation order, progress in fighting Boulder blaze (PHOTOS)

    Photo by Boyd FletcherDome fire near Boulder.​Update: City of Boulder officials have announced that the evacuation order for many residents put in place due to the Dome fire will be lifted at 10 a.m. today -- a very good sign.

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    September 21, 2010

    Xcel clean energy plan: Poll shows wide support for dumping coal plants

    Pete Maysmith​Xcel Energy's proposal to spend $1.3 billion to convert several of its aging, high-polluting coal plants to natural gas over the next decade in response to a new state law is drawing fire from coal interest and independent gas producers, but it's a big hit with Colorado citizens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Boulder named 4th best city for the next decade: Check out the virtual ego boost

    There are three better places than this?​Citing Boulder's mishmash of granola-eating tree-huggers and a flourishing entrepreneurial landscape intersected by academe and technology, Kiplinger's Personal Finance has rated the city among the most promising for the next decade. Here's how "Best C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Xcel employees can win a camera -- by saying how much they love Xcel

    Are you ready for your closeup, Xcel employees?​This month, Xcel Energy has launched an internal contest called "Why I Love Xcel Energy," with a hand-held video camera being awarded to the employee who makes the best clip of him or her saying why Xcel is a nifty place to work -- footage that c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009

    Bolero Ties

    A new series investigates sustainability and environmental issues.

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    August 28, 2009

    Xcel Energy, others accused of OSHA violations in incident that killed five

    ​In October 2007, five employees of RPI Coating Inc. were killed by carbon monoxide generated by a fire at the Cabin Creek Hydro Plant outside Georgetown that's operated by Xcel Energy and Public Service Company of Colorado. Now, a federal grand jury has issued indictments against RPI, Xcel, P ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Public Service Company of Colorado responds to Cabin Creek charges

    Tim Taylor.​Just over an hour ago, we told you about a federal grand jury indictment leveled against Xcel Energy, Public Service Company of Colorado, RPI Coating and two individuals over an October 2007 incident at Cabin Creek Hydro Plant near Georgetown in which five workers died. Since then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    The blog shortcut, August 28 edition

    I used to love Mr. T cereal....​Pity those fools. Today in Backbeat Online: • Freaky Friday: "Treat Your Mother Right." • Q&A with John Osborne of KingBilly. • Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis. • The Denver Boot: Lion Sized at the Larimer Lounge -- 08/02/09. • Fiv ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Wake Up Call: The week ahead -- when worse comes to verse

    Before we were panicked about swine flu and twisted by torture-memo leaks, we were terrified by the Devil Horse, Luis Jimenez's killer sculpture that stands guard outside Denver International Airport, its red eyes shooting deadly lasers at unsuspecting passersby. Or are those glowing orbs actually i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Snow job!

    The pert young anchor turned to the avuncular weathercaster. "So," she said. "What happened to that eight big inches you promised me last night?" The inches have changed over the years -- to ten, to twelve -- as the story takes on all the trappings of an urban legend, but its origins are definitel ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008

    CU's solar house gets a home

    CU's entry in the U.S. Solar Decathalon. The mood was bittersweet when I left the U.S. Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. a year ago. The University of Colorado team I’d been following didn’t get the three-peat – a third consecutive first place victory – they’d been hoping for in the int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Will Mike Huckabee treat Sarah Palin's daughter like Jamie Lynn Spears?

    Mike Huckabee. Thus far, Minneapolis-St. Paul hasn't gotten nearly as much of a bump from hosting a political convention as did Denver. But even though day one of the Republican confab was a wash thanks to the timing of Hurricane Gustav, this evening's events could be must-see TV -- especially if ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Greening up the CU solar house

    The CU solar house goes green -- literally. I knew there was something different about the University of Colorado’s Solar Decathlon house when I stopped by the Green Frontier Fest Sunday to check it out. The house looked better than it ever had, but I couldn’t quite place my finger on the chan ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    CU Solar House Opens for Earth Day

    Slide show of the CU solar house as well as other houses from the 2007 Solar Decathalon. Just in time for Earth Day, the 2007 University of Colorado Solar Decathlon team is opening their house up for tours from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight. A team of CU architecture and engineering students spent two years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2008

    Sauce for the Coal-Fired Goose?

    Ah, let the season of petty politics begin. Statehouse Republicans have their boxers in a bunch because Governor Bill “Greenjeans” Ritter has nominated Matt Baker (pictured) to serve on the Public Utilities Commission. And everyone knows that Baker is…well, he’s…he’s an unregenerate tree ... More >>

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    December 14, 2007

    CU's Solar House Profiled By Discovery

    It’s been almost two months since the University of Colorado Solar Decathlon team, (profiled in the Westword feature “Partly Sunny,” on November 1), returned from the international competition in D.C. only to learn that the house they had built was not immediately welcome at their school. It w ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2007

    Partly Sunny

    CU students have twice won the Solar Decathlon. Can they make it a three-peat?

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    October 21, 2007

    CU's Solar Team Takes Seventh

    Heading into Friday’s awards ceremony at the Solar Decathlon on the Mall in D.C., the University of Colorado team knew it wouldn’t defend its title as two-time champions. They’d made too many mistakes, and hadn’t been able to get their message across to judges. They hoped to at least place w ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2007

    Rockies Score Front-Page Saturation

    More and more sports stories are winding up on the front page but such placement isnt always a winner.

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    July 31, 2007

    One More Time for Ruby Hill

    As anticipated, the Denver City Council chose to once again postpone a vote on an ordinance that would allow Xcel Energy to erect new 111-foot transmission towers in Ruby Hill Park. The decision last night gives neighborhood group leaders until September 10 to come up with a way to pay for burying t ... More >>

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    July 27, 2007
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    July 26, 2007

    Rich Tower, Poor Tower

    For residents of southwest Denver who oppose the plan by Xcel Energy to replace electrical lines with taller towers, the issue is as much about the marring of Ruby Hill Park’s scenic view as what they perceive as a double standard in policy. Neighborhood groups want the new lines buried or relocat ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Pole Position

    Ruby Hill-area residents want to protect their views from eleven-story utility poles, but Xcel thinks it has the juice.

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Spring Fever, Bird Flu

    Catching errant wildlife with the web.

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    January 12, 2006

    Purple Haze

    While the State Capitol glows, state residents glower over their Xcel bills.

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    November 3, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of November 3, 2005

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    October 27, 2005

    A Mighty Wind

    The results of Xcel's wind-power program are still in the air.

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    October 21, 2004

    The Alternative Voters Guide

    The Legislative Councils ballot-analysis booklet has inspired so many fights, it should be called the black-and-blue book. Heres our cure.

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    January 2, 2003

    Pop Quiz

    January 2, 2003

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2002

    Small World

    Where little folks rule

  • Summer Guide

    June 13, 2002

    Motorcycle Mamas

    Although called the Ladies Run, this road rally is open to all breezy riders.

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Power Outage

    Xcel Energy faces tough financial scrutiny as power companies nationwide feel the heat.

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    Bringing on the Heat

    The price of natural gas has been on a cycle for years.

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    June 7, 2001

    Power Outage

    Xcel's Denver call center might close. Are labor relations to blame?

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