Chris Clark, Xcel Energy’s president for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, will retire in March.
Clark has held the key leadership role for Xcel since 2015, during a period of massive change in the energy industry. Xcel has been a leader as utilities across the country started taking bigger steps away from fossil fuels as a response to climate change.
“I want to thank Chris for his tremendous contributions to the company,” said Bob Frenzel, Xcel Energy’s chief executive, in a written statement. “He helped lead the nation’s clean-energy transition and was instrumental in driving our wind leadership to new heights in the Upper Midwest.”
Ryan Long, who joined Xcel in 2015 and is currently interim general counsel, will take over Clark’s current role on Jan. 1. Clark will remain as a consultant until his March retirement.
Xcel jumped from 2,216 megawatts of wind in its Upper Midwest energy mix in 2015 to 4,515 megawatts in 2022, according to the utility. The company also went from just 26 megawatts of solar to 1,343 megawatts in that time frame.