Jeff Lyng is the Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at Xcel Energy, serving electricity and natural gas customers in eight states. He is responsible for developing strategy and policies that will continue the company’s leadership in the clean energy transition while keeping customer bills low. Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Jeff was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University where he worked with states to develop clean energy policies and programs. He also served as the Renewable Energy Policy Manager in former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s Energy Office. Jeff earned his master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado where he studied solar energy in the production home market. Jeff has served on the boards of Xcel Energy’s Innovative Clean Technologies Program, the Colorado Energy Services Coalition, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and is a past Board Chair of the American Solar Energy Society.
Title: Building a Carbon-Free Future – Xcel Energy is the first major U.S. power company to announce a vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 and a goal to reduce emissions by 80% by 2030 from 2005 levels. The transition to clean energy is well underway with the Colorado Energy Plan, which state regulators approved in 2018. Greater deployment of renewable energy means less consumptive water use and, to date, Xcel Energy company-wide has reduced water consumption from electricity production 23% with greater savings expected as the transition continues. Importantly, achieving a carbon-free future demands new forms of 24/7, carbon-free generation, which the company is working to enable.