Minneapolis-based utility Xcel Energy Inc. is continuing efforts to decarbonize its Colorado operations through a partnership with natural gas producer Crestone Peak Resources and methane emissions reduction specialist Project Canary.


The trio on Wednesday announced a pilot project with Xcel purchasing natural gas from Crestone that has been certified as low-emission by Project Canary. The certified gas, known in the industry as “responsibly” sourced gas, would power Xcel’s operations. Xcel is a partner and investor in Energy Impact Partners, which recently made an investment in Project Canary.

An unnamed fourth partner, described in the announcement as a “European multinational energy utility engaged in both domestic and international energy markets,” would market...