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    May 22, 2023 - Edgar Glimpses


      Item 8.01. Other Events

      In November 2022, Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), a New Mexico corporation, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy, Inc., filed an electric rate case with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) seeking a revenue increase of $78 million, or 10%. In May 2023, SPS revised its request to $75 million. The request is based on a future test year ending June 30, 2024, a return on equity (ROE) of 10.75%, an equity ratio of 54.7%, rate base of $2.4 billion and further acceleration of the Tolk coal plant depreciation life from 2032 to 2028.

      On May 18, 2023, SPS, NMPRC staff, and various parties filed a contested comprehensive stipulation. Two intervenors, environmental advocacy organizations, oppose the stipulation.

       Terms of the contested stipulation include: •Base rate revenue increase of $33 million, based on the filed future test year. •ROE of 9.5%. •Equity ratio of 54.7%. •Acceleration of Tolk coal plant depreciation life to 2028, as requested in SPS' filing. 

      Hearings are scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. A NMPRC decision is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2023.

      Xcel Energy reaffirms its 2023 GAAP and ongoing earnings guidance of $3.30 to $3.40 per share, which is based on several key assumptions, including constructive regulatory outcomes.


      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 and intentions regarding the regulatory proceedings and the 2023 earnings guidance, 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 SPS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2022, 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: operational safety, including our generation facilities and other utility operations; 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; violations of our Codes of Conduct; our ability to recover costs; changes in regulation; reductions in our credit ratings and the cost of maintaining certain contractual relationships; general economic conditions, including recessionary conditions, inflation rates, monetary fluctuations, supply chain constraints and their impact on capital expenditures and/or the ability of SPS 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; uncertainty regarding epidemics, the duration and magnitude of business restrictions including shutdowns (domestically and globally), the potential impact on the workforce, including shortages of employees or third-party contractors due to quarantine policies, vaccination requirements or government restrictions, impacts on the transportation of goods and the generalized impact on the economy; 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 events; natural disaster and resource depletion, including compliance with any accompanying legislative and regulatory changes; costs of potential regulatory penalties; regulatory changes and/or limitations related to the use of natural gas as an energy source; challenging labor market conditions and our ability to attract and retain a qualified workforce; and our ability to execute on our strategies or achieve expectations related to environmental, social and governance matters including as a result of evolving legal, regulatory and other standards, processes, and assumptions, the pace of scientific and technological developments, increased costs, the availability of requisite financing, and changes in carbon markets.



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