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      $387,500 awarded to 77 nonprofits

      The Xcel Energy Foundation has awarded $387,500 to 77 nonprofits in its Texas-New Mexico service area.

      The grants were awarded in the focus areas of Education, Environment, Economic Sustainability and Arts & Culture.

      ??Our mission is to provide our customers safe, clean, reliable energy services they want and value at a competitive price, but we also know that the quality of life in our communities is equally important to their continued success,?? said David Hudson, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. ??Our nonprofits are key partners in this success, and we are pleased to be able to support their good efforts.??

      Through the Foundation??s focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture.

      Information on Xcel Energy Foundation focus area grants can be found at www.xcelenergy.com by selecting the ??About Us?? tab on the home page, and clicking through ??Community?? and ??Corporate Giving?? links. Applications for all focus area grants are accepted online once a year.

      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. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.

      The following are the nonprofits that benefitted in our area: Amarillo Independent School District Amarillo Wesley Community Center/Los Barrios de Amarillo Cal Farley??s Boys Ranch Canadian Education Foundation Eastern New Mexico University Foundation Girl Scouts Texas Oklahoma Plains Mesalands Community College (Tucumcari) Opportunity School Tascosa Excellence Council Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center ?? Amarillo Wayland Baptist University Women in Science Endeavors Amarillo Art Institute Amarillo Botanical Gardens Amarillo Little Theatre Amarillo Museum of Art Amarillo Opera Amarillo Symphony Amarillo Youth Choirs American Quarter Horse Foundation Armstrong County Museum CREATE a Beat (Pampa) Clovis Community College Clovis Main Street Lone Star Ballet Pampa Community Concert Association Plainview Civic Music Association Quay County Community Foundation/DBA Eastern New Mexico Artspace Texas Academy of Performing Arts Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation The Citadelle Art Foundation (Canadian) Window on a Wider World Amarillo Area Foundation Amarillo College Foundation Another Chance House Buckner Children & Family Services Downtown Women??s Center Eveline??s Sunshine Cottage Guyon Saunders Resource Center Martha??s Home YMCA Amarillo Zoological Society Class 4 Winds & Renewables Don Harrington Discovery Center Texas 4-H Foundation TriCity Music Concert Association (Borger) Family Support Services/Debra Avara Financial Literacy Seminars Junior Achievement