Xcel Energy is building wind projects that will produce as much energy as two nuclear power plants.
That's great for the environment, but employment is also benefiting from the need for more wind and solar energy.
Chris Clark, Xcel's president of Minnesota and the Dakotas, told chief meteorologist Paul Huttner that part of the reason they're able to integrate more wind energy into their system is because the industry has matured.
"The equipment has become more efficient, we're able to capture much more of the energy value from the wind," said Clark.
Wind energy is also cheaper to generate, making it more cost effective to have wind energy in the system.
Clark said they're seeing the same with solar.
"Solar is certainly improving. We still think it has a ways to go before it's competing as well as wind is on price," he said.
To hear more from Clark, use the audio player above.
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