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Xcel Energy Methane Challenge Partner Profile

Natural Gas STAR Partner Since 2008 | Methane Challenge Partner Since 2016

Xcel EnergyExit has committed to apply best management practices (BMPs) across its operations to mitigate methane emissions from the emission source listed below.

Learn more about Xcel Energy's progress towards meeting its commitments to implement methane-reducing technologies and practices related to this emission source:

At the bottom of this page, you will also find the methane reductions that Xcel Energy has achieved in the program.

Background Information: Information submitted by Xcel Energy can be found on its document page. This page includes the following document:

  • Methane Challenge Implementation Plan
  • Methane Challenge Reported Data


Distribution Pipeline Blowdowns

Learn more about emissions from blowdowns, available options to mitigate emissions, and what the BMP Commitment for blowdowns entails.

Year Reduction Rate (%) Target Rate and Year (%)
2017 0 -1
2018 95.1672862453532 50
Commitment Details Company Selection
Segment: Distribution
Target Year: 2018
Target Reduction Rate: 50%
Current Reduction Rate: 95.17%

Graph shows:  The blue bars show the percent of potential emissions from planned blowdowns that Xcel Energy reduced through implementation of best management practices each year. The green star indicates its 2018 target annual rate (50%). Xcel Energy has implemented this commitment by routing gas to low-pressure systems and flares and by utilizing hot taps.

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Methane Reductions

Year Methane Reductions (MTCO2eq)
2017 0
2018 19200

Since joining the Methane Challenge program, Xcel Energy has achieved the following methane emissions reductions, which are also expressed in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents and the value of the amount of natural gas saved:

  • Methane emissions reductions: 768 metric tons
  • Reductions in carbon dioxide equivalents: 19,200 metric tons
  • Natural gas savings: $120,000*

*Natural gas savings assumes a natural gas price of $3.00 per thousand cubic feet, based on the average of daily Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Prices in 2018, rounded to the nearest dollar

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Methane Challenge Program LogoAbout the Methane Challenge Program

The Methane Challenge Program provides a new mechanism through which U.S. oil and gas companies can make more specific and transparent commitments to reducing methane emissions. Partner companies choose between two commitment options to cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. For background information on the Methane Challenge program, please check out the Methane Challenge Fact Sheet.

Best Management Practice (BMP) Commitment
The BMP Commitment is intended to spur near-term, widespread implementation of methane mitigation activities across the oil and natural gas value chain to address methane emissions from key emitting sources. By committing to address an emission source, the partner is committing to implement a BMP on all such sources in their operations. Progress towards a commitment is generally indicated by the percent of sources to which the partner has implemented a BMP as part of the Methane Challenge. Commitments for a few sources are instead based on achieving a target rate (of equipment replacement or methane emission reductions).
Learn more about the BMP Commitment.

ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment
The ONE Future Commitment is intended to drive action to achieve segment-specific intensity targets, established through the ONE Future Partnership, which will represent emissions per volume produced or volume of throughput and add up to a 1% or less “leakage rate” along the natural gas value chain by 2025.
Learn more about the ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment
Learn more about the ONE Future PartnershipExit

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