Xcel Energy’s Environmental Justice Initiatives

A&WMA-UMS will be hosting a FREE in-person presentation from Xcel Energy’s Equity Stakeholder Advisory Group discussing Xcel Energy’s initiatives related to environmental justice and community engagement!  Details and registration link are outlined below.

Presentation: Xcel Energy’s Environmental Justice Initiatives

Date: January 5, 2023 (4 PM CT). The presentation will be followed by a networking happy hour.

Location:            HDR Engineering

10 West End

1601 Utica Avenue South

St. Louis Park, MN 55416-3400

Please join us in the Training Room on the first floor of the building. Parking is free in the attached ramp. The Training Room is at the bottom of the main building atrium stairs.

Presentation Summary:
Xcel Energy’s corporate position on Environmental Justice expresses the company’s commitment to consider Environmental Justice in our energy, climate and environmental initiatives, and strive to provide meaningful opportunities for affected communities to participate in the process of considering energy, climate and environmental initiatives that impact them. Relatedly, the Company has embarked on a process to embed equity considerations into our resource planning and into the design of energy affordability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and workforce diversification programs. We recently convened an Equity Stakeholder Advisory Group to advise us in this regard, broaden participation in energy decisions, and elevate the voices of communities of color in our planning and programs. We will discuss our process and some early learnings from the effort.

Biographies:

Shubha Harris

Shubha serves as Principal Attorney for Xcel Energy and works in the Company’s Regulatory Law practice group.  In this role, she represents the Company’s interests before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and works closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop, negotiate and implement solutions to reach the Company and state’s clean energy goals.  She regularly provides advice and strategy in regulatory proceedings including on the Company’s most recent Integrated Resource Plan and Integrated Distribution Plan and has received approval of key Company priorities including a Workforce Development Pilot to provide training and certification to 150 individuals from under-represented communities and the Resilient Minneapolis Project to install solar/battery microgrids at three community centers serving historically marginalized communities. With Nick Martin, she co-leads the Minnesota Equity Stakeholder Advisory Group to develop initiatives designed to close the equity gap including increasing diversity in the Company’s workforce and the clean energy economy and deepening the Company’s relationships with communities of color. Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Ms. Harris worked as a commercial litigation attorney at the international law firm of Jones Day and worked in politics for two United States Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Mark Dayton.  Shubha received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.S.B from the University of Minnesota. 

Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin serves as Director of Strategic Outreach & Advocacy for Xcel Energy, leading efforts to promote equity in the clean energy transition, including developing new partnerships with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and customers; supporting resiliency, clean energy, and electrification projects; and advancing the Company’s net zero greenhouse gas vision across electricity, buildings and transportation. With Shubha Harris, he co-leads energy equity efforts stemming from the Company’s latest integrated resource plan, and also leads the Resilient Minneapolis Project, which will install solar/battery microgrids at three BIPOC community centers to help them function as resilience hubs in an emergency. He has served as an expert witness in Public Utilities Commission proceedings related to natural gas decarbonization, renewable energy, integrated resource planning, environmental externalities, and performance-based ratemaking. Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Mr. Martin worked in the international economic development field, in natural resources for American Indian tribes, and in climate change mitigation and carbon offset markets. He serves on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, Saint Paul Climate Justice Advisory Board, and board of directors of Environmental Initiative, and holds an M.S. in Energy & Resources from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Music from Yale University.

Please reach out to Joe Carlson (joscarlson@braunintertec.com) with any questions!