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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) July 10, 2020
Commission File Number Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter; State of Incorporation; Address of Principal Executive Offices; and Telephone Number IRS Employer Identification Number
001-3034 XCEL ENERGY INC. 41-0448030
(a Minnesota corporation)
414 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis Minnesota 55401
(612) 330-5500
001-3280 PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF COLORADO 84-0296600
(a Colorado corporation)
1800 Larimer Street Suite 1100
Denver Colorado 80202
(303) 571-7511

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $2.50 par value XEL Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).
Emerging growth company

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Item 8.01. Other Events

Natural Gas Rate Case
In February 2020, PSCo filed a rate case with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seeking a net increase to retail gas rates of $126.8 million, reflecting a $144.5 million increase in base rate revenue, partially offset by $17.7 million of costs previously authorized through the Pipeline Integrity rider. The request was based on a 9.95% return on equity (ROE), an equity ratio of 55.81% and a historic test year as of Sept. 30, 2019, adjusted for known and measurable differences for the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2020. In June 2020, PSCo revised its net increase to $121 million, reflecting updates to the test year including actual plant additions, revenue and capital structure through April 2020, the CPUC Staff’s recommended weather normalization and other items.
On July 10, 2020, PSCo, the CPUC Staff and various intervenors filed a comprehensive unopposed settlement, which results in a net increase to retail gas rates of $76.9 million, reflecting a $93.7 million increase in base rate revenue, partially offset by $16.8 million of costs previously authorized through the Pipeline Integrity rider. The settlement is based on:
A ROE of 9.20%;
An equity ratio of 55.62%;
A historic test year as of Sept. 30, 2019, utilizing a year-end rate base, and incorporating a known and measurable post-Test Year adjustment for the annualized revenue requirement associated with the Tungsten to Black Hawk pipeline as of April 30, 2020; and
Rates will be implemented on April 1, 2021 and will be retroactively effective back to November of 2020.











Certain information discussed in this Current Report on Form 8-K is forward-looking information that involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements, as well as assumptions and other statements are intended to be identified in this document by the words "anticipate," “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” "intend," "may," "objective," "outlook," "plan," "project," "possible," “potential,” "should," "will," "would," and similar expressions. Actual results may vary materially. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking information. Factors, in addition to those discussed in Xcel Energy's and PSCo's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, and subsequent securities filings, that could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: uncertainty around the impacts and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; operational safety, including our nuclear generation facilities; successful long-term operational planning; commodity risks associated with energy markets and production; rising energy prices and fuel costs; qualified employee work force and third-party contractor factors; ability to recover costs, changes in regulation and subsidiaries’ ability to recover costs from customers; reductions in our credit ratings and the cost of maintaining certain contractual relationships; general economic conditions, including inflation rates, monetary fluctuations and their impact on capital expenditures and the ability of Xcel Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries to obtain financing on favorable terms; availability or cost of capital; our customers’ and counterparties’ ability to pay their debts to us; assumptions and costs relating to funding our employee benefit plans and health care benefits; our subsidiaries’ ability to make dividend payments; tax laws; effects of geopolitical events, including war and acts of terrorism; cyber security threats and data security breaches; seasonal weather patterns; changes in environmental laws and regulations; climate change and other weather; natural disaster and resource depletion, including compliance with any accompanying legislative and regulatory changes; and costs of potential regulatory penalties.




SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
July 10, 2020
Xcel Energy Inc. (a Minnesota corporation)
 Public Service Company of Colorado (a Colorado corporation)
/s/ BRIAN J. VAN ABEL
Brian J. Van Abel
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director

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