SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) July 1, 2021
|Commission File Number||Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter; State of Incorporation; Address of Principal Executive Offices; and Telephone Number||IRS Employer Identification Number|
|001-3034||XCEL ENERGY INC.||41-0448030|
|(a Minnesota corporation)|
|414 Nicollet Mall|
|001-31387||NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY||41-1967505|
|(a Minnesota corporation)|
|414 Nicollet Mall|
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $2.50 par value per share||XEL||Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).
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Item 8.01. Other Events
In November 2020 and revised in March 2021, Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota corporation (NSP-Minnesota), and a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc., filed a rate case with the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC). NSP-Minnesota requested an increase in annual retail electric revenues of approximately $19 million. The rate filing is based on a 2021 forecast test year, a requested return on equity (ROE) of 10.2%, an equity ratio of 52.5% and an electric rate base of approximately $677 million. Interim rates, subject to refund, of approximately $16 million were implemented in January 2021 and subsequently revised to $13 million, effective April 1, 2021.
On July 1, 2021, NSP-Minnesota and various parties filed an uncontested settlement agreement, which includes:
•A base rate revenue increase of $7 million.
•A ROE of 9.5%.
•An equity ratio of 52.5%.
•Deferral of advanced grid intelligence and security (AGIS) initiative capital and O&M expenses.
•An earnings cap mechanism, which would return to customers 100% of earnings equal to or in excess of 9.75% ROE, effective until the next rate case.
A NDPSC decision on the settlement and implementation is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Certain information discussed in this Current Report on Form 8-K is forward-looking information that involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements, including our expectations regarding net rate increases to consumers and regarding the regulatory proceedings, as well as assumptions and other statements are intended to be identified in this document by the words "anticipate," “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” "intend," "may," "objective," "outlook," "plan," "project," "possible," “potential,” "should," "will," "would," and similar expressions. Actual results may vary materially. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking information. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Xcel Energy's and NSP-Minnesota’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020, and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: uncertainty around the impacts and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; operational safety, including our nuclear generation facilities; successful long-term operational planning; commodity risks associated with energy markets and production; rising energy prices and fuel costs; qualified employee work force and third-party contractor factors; ability to recover costs, changes in regulation; reductions in our credit ratings and the cost of maintaining certain contractual relationships; general economic conditions, including inflation rates, monetary fluctuations and their impact on capital expenditures and the ability of Xcel Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries to obtain financing on favorable terms; availability or cost of capital; our customers’ and counterparties’ ability to pay their debts to us; assumptions and costs relating to funding our employee benefit plans and health care benefits; tax laws; effects of geopolitical events, including war and acts of terrorism; cyber security threats and data security breaches; seasonal weather patterns; changes in environmental laws and regulations; climate change and other weather; natural disaster and resource depletion, including compliance with any accompanying legislative and regulatory changes; and costs of potential regulatory penalties.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|July 2, 2021|
Xcel Energy Inc. (a Minnesota corporation)
Northern States Power Company (a Minnesota corporation)
|/s/ BRIAN J. VAN ABEL|
|Brian J. Van Abel|
|Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer|