We continue to be innovative as we execute our resource plan and transition to a lower-carbon, increasingly clean energy future.

We recognize the value of our region’s natural resources and concerns regarding climate change and take a balanced approach to these issues by encouraging informed decision making. We want our communities and their surroundings to have clean air, land, and water resources. We want them to support wildlife, wildflowers, fish, and local parks.

Efficiency Improvements & Emission Reductions

We project that by 2025 our carbon emissions will be approximately 50% below 2005 levels.

Water Resources

Steam generation requires access to large volumes of water. We take great care in our use of regional water resources.


Our service area is environmentally diverse—from the lakes and forested regions in Minnesota to the plains in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Waste Management

An important aspect of environmental stewardship is properly transporting and disposing of the by-products from our generation facilities.

Public Policy Proposals & Engagement

We closely monitor Environmental Protection Agency rulemakings and fully comply with final rules.

Energy Efficiency & Load Management

We partner with our customers to meet their energy-efficiency goals and needs.

50% by 2025
We project that by 2025 our carbon emissions from generation resources we own will be approximately 50% below 2005 levels.