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Xcel Energy Among Nation’s Top Military Friendly Employers

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Xcel Energy announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs. This marks the sixth consecutive year the company has been included in the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list.

“Xcel Energy’s efforts to attract military veterans have resulted in a win-win for the company and our employees,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO. “We value the skills, commitment and diversity that our veterans bring to the workplace. Their contributions are vital to our company’s success.”

In the 2015 listing, Xcel Energy ranked No. 22 of the Top 100 employers and it ranked in the top three among energy companies. Criteria for selection included the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

Xcel Energy has worked for years to open channels to identify and recruit qualified veterans. Currently, nearly 10 percent of the utility’s 11,000 employees are veterans, with many represented in the company’s nuclear division, which is comprised of 15 – 20 percent veterans. The company is also building relationships with military bases in its service territories to strengthen its veteran hiring potential.

The survey results that determined the 2015 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs.

To learn more about the G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers designation, visit www.militaryfriendly.com.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.5 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis.

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