Xcel Energy: Named one of the most admired companies by Fortune magazine

Christine Ouellette

Xcel Energy | Responsible By Nature

Senior Media Relations Representative

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Feb. 22, 2018) — Xcel Energy, headquartered in
Minneapolis, has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the
World’s Most Admired Companies. This is the fourth consecutive year
that the company has earned this distinction, ranking fourth this year
as most admired electric and gas utility.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a leader in our industry by
Fortune. It’s another indicator of the value we’re delivering and is a
direct result of our hardworking employees and their dedication to
serving our communities and providing the very best experience for
customers,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president, and CEO, Xcel Energy.

Xcel Energy, a national leader in wind energy for more than a decade,
is ranked highly for its innovation, social responsibility and
long-term value when evaluated by peers at other utilities.

The magazine surveys executives, directors and industry analysts about
companies in their industry then ranks companies based on nine
attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets,
social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness,
long-term investment, quality of products/services and global

Fortune collaborated with Korn Ferry on this reputational survey of
the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with
non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues over
$10 billion.

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About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of
homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. With
its Wisconsin/Michigan headquarters in Eau Claire, Wis. the company is
an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and
producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of
renewable sources at competitive prices.