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MINNEAPOLIS & DENVER, May 12, 2021 – Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) announced today that it will purchase certified low-emission intensity natural gas produced by Crestone Peak Resources for use in its Colorado operations. The partnership between Colorado’s largest energy provider and a leading energy producer in Colorado, comes amid growing interest in using environment, social and governance (ESG) information to drive more sustainable natural gas production, transportation, and use.

Xcel Energy was the first major U.S. power producer to announce its vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 and is now deploying a leading strategy to reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions throughout its natural gas supply chain.

  • Partnership with Colorado’s largest energy provider demonstrates growing demand for the certified responsibly sourced gas (RSG) market
  • Verified and monitored environmental best practices and commitment to clean energy
  • Offers energy supply chain and consumers better choices, proven by independent, third-party measurement and certification sources, Project Canary being a premier provider of these services

“We are committed to reducing methane emissions from our own operations and using our buying power to encourage our suppliers to reduce their emissions as well” said Alice Jackson, president, Xcel Energy – Colorado. “That is why we’re pleased to work with Crestone Peak Resources and Project Canary on a pilot project that clearly demonstrates to customers our dedication to delivering them a cleaner energy product.”

To meet certified RSG requirements, Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources will utilize Project Canary’s independent, real-time methane emissions monitors and TrustWell™ certification process. Crestone Peak is the first Colorado producer to utilize the TrustWell certification on 100 percent of current production volumes. Given their shared focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and responsibility, it is fitting that these three companies have come together in this project to help build the market certified gas in Colorado and beyond. The actions they are taking today will deliver long-term benefits for consumers, energy producers, and the environment.

“This partnership with Xcel Energy allows us to further advance our commitment to safely and responsibly producing energy for Colorado consumers,” said David Stewart Crestone Peak Resources vice president of environment, health, safety and regulatory. “As the first Colorado energy producer to deploy real-time, continuous air quality monitoring on the majority of our well sites, Crestone understands the importance and value of demonstrating our commitment to responsible, sustainable energy production.”

Project Canary, a Denver-based Public Benefit Corp, is the recognized leader for methane leak monitoring and detection. They are accelerating the pace to a cleaner energy future with their TrustWell certification program and continuous monitoring technology. Project Canary recently received a Series A investment from Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a leading venture investor in the electric and gas utility sector. Xcel Energy is a partner and investor in EIP.

“Energy markets and stakeholders alike are increasingly demanding responsibly sourced natural gas that is certified by a trusted, independent source,” said Project Canary co-founder and CEO Chris Romer. “Coloradans understand the important role natural gas plays in our resilient energy mix and they also expect the highest environmental standards. With our best-in-class innovative technology and independent certification process, Project Canary is rapidly growing and we’re proud to be a key component of Xcel Energy and Crestone Peak’s data-driven, low carbon programs.”

A fourth company – a European multinational energy utility engaged in both domestic and international energy markets – is also involved in the partnership as the marketer of Crestone’s certified production.

Xcel Energy Contact:
Collen Mahoney
Group Manager, PR and Media Relations
Colleen.M.Mahoney@xcelenergy.com

Crestone Peak Contact:
Jason Oates
Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
Jason.oates@crestonepr.com

Project Canary Contact:
Brian Miller
Vice President, Growth and Policy
Brian.Miller@ProjectCanary.com

About the Program Participants  

Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, 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. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com

Crestone Peak Resources is an independent energy company focusing on the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reserves in the Rocky Mountain Region. Formed in 2016, Crestone’s team of nearly 170 professionals has significant operating experience, deep ties to communities in Colorado, and is committed to operating safely and responsibly. Crestone’s acreage is located in the Greater Wattenberg Field of Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin. The company is headquartered in Denver. For more information, visit crestonepeakresources.com.

Project Canary, an International Environmental Standards company based in Denver, Colorado, is a mission-driven public benefit corporation accountable to a double bottom line of profit and the social good. Project Canary believes it is possible to create a financially successful, self-sustaining business that “does well and does good.” Project Canary’s goal is to mitigate climate change by helping the oil and gas industry operate on a cleaner, more efficient, more sustainable basis. Project Canary partners with the Colorado School of Mines Payne Institute to develop a collaborative environment for oil and gas companies and external parties to share best practices and insights garnered through continuous monitoring. To learn more, visit projectcanary.com.