Outland Energy Services Awarded 328 MW Wind Power O&M Contract by Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy has awarded Outland Energy Services a long-term service contract to provide operations and maintenance services at three Xcel Energy wind farms totaling 328 MW until 2017.

In Minnesota, Outland will provide full-time services for the 201-megawatt (MW) Nobles wind farm in Nobles County and the 100.5 MW Grand Meadow wind farm in Mower County. Both sites utilize GE 1.5 MW wind turbines. In Colorado, Outland will provide full-time services for the 26.5 MW Ponnequin site, which utilizes both Vestas 660 kW and NEG-Micon 750 kW wind turbines.

"Our entire team is excited to be expanding our service offering to an industry leader like Xcel Energy," said Steve Scott, President & CEO of Outland. "I’m especially proud of our technicians who have performed exceptionally well at Xcel’s Grand Meadow location over the past 20 months."

"We appreciate the confidence that Xcel has shown in Outland by awarding Outland a contract that lasts until 2017. Outland looks forward to providing safe, high-quality services as we optimize the performance of Xcel’s wind farms," said Cam Winton, Outland’s Vice President & General Counsel.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company that provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies in eight Western and Midwestern states. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis.

Outland Energy Services is an independent service provider in the wind energy industry. Outland provides a full range of wind turbine operations and maintenance services to original equipment manufacturers, investor-owned utilities, municipal power agencies, and independent power producers. Headquartered in Canby, Minnesota, Outland provides services globally with an emphasis on the North American market. Outland is the only independent service provider in the North American wind industry to hold all three of the following certifications: ISO 9001:2008 (quality management), ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management), and OHSAS 18001:2007 (health & safety management).