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The 2008 Democratic and Republican national conventions will be powered with wind and solar energy, Xcel Energy has announced.Xcel Energy will provide enough wind power through its Windsource program to offset the estimated 3,000 MWh that the conventions will use.

"We are pleased to provide clean, renewable power to the conventions because we want to display for the nation's elected leaders and delegates what a 21st century utility can look like," says Dick Kelly, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy.

The Windsource power for the national conventions primarily will come from Xcel Energy's Ponnequin Wind Facility near the Colorado-Wyoming border, and from a wind farm on southwestern Minnesota's Buffalo Ridge. Additional power will come from a 10 kW solar installation at The Pepsi Center in Denver, and from a 10 kW solar installation at the High Bridge Generating Station in St. Paul, Minn.

SOURCE: Xcel Energy



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