Xcel files plan to meet clean energy mandate early

Officials at Colorado’s largest energy provider say they’re continuing a program encouraging home solar sources to help them meet the state’s renewable energy mandate.

The proposal is part of a plan Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy submitted to state regulators on Friday.

Officials say the proposal puts them years ahead of a state mandate that requires that at least 30% of their energy comes from renewable sources by 2020.

The proposal outlines a 10-year comprehensive plan for meeting the state’s renewable energy standard. But officials say they’re only going to ask the state Public Utilities Commission to approve the next two years of the plan.