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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On May 30, 2014, Northern States Power Company (NSP-Wisconsin), a Wisconsin corporation, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc., filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase rates for electric service by $20.6 million, or 3.2 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The application is for the limited purpose of updating electric rates for 2015 to reflect anticipated increases in the production and transmission fixed charges and the fuel and purchased power components of the interchange agreement with NSP-Minnesota. A decision by the PSCW is anticipated by the end of 2014.

The requested increase in fixed charges is related to investments in the transmission system, new wind power facilities and power plant upgrades, most of which have previously been approved by state regulators. The request also includes forecasted increases in 2015 fuel and purchased power costs. Partially offsetting these increased costs are credits related to Wisconsin's share of the amortization of NSP-Minnesota's excess transmission depreciation reserve and deferral of certain costs related to the extended power uprate project at the Monticello nuclear plant. No changes are being requested to the capital structure or the 10.2 percent return on equity authorized by the PSCW in the 2014 rate case. As part of an agreement with stakeholders to limit the size and scope of the case, NSP-Wisconsin also agreed to an earnings cap for 2015 only, in which 100 percent of the earnings above the authorized return on equity would be refunded to customers.

The major cost components of the requested increase are summarized below:

(Millions of Dollars)                              Request
Production and transmission fixed charges         $  28.1
Fuel and purchased power                             13.9
Sub-Total                                         $  42.0

NSP-Minnesota transmission depreciation reserve     (16.2 )
Monticello extended power uprate deferral            (5.2 )
Total                                             $  20.6

Except for the historical statements contained in this 8-K, the matters discussed herein, including the expected impact of rate cases, are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements are intended to be identified in this document by the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "objective," "outlook," "plan," "project," "possible," "potential," "should" and similar expressions. Actual results may vary materially. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update them to reflect changes that occur after that date. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including inflation rates, monetary fluctuations and their impact on capital expenditures and the ability of Xcel Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, Xcel Energy) to obtain financing on favorable terms; business conditions in the energy industry; including the risk of a slow down in the U.S. economy or delay in growth recovery; trade, fiscal, taxation and environmental policies in areas where Xcel Energy and NSP-Wisconsin have a financial interest; customer business conditions; actions of credit rating agencies; competitive factors including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by Xcel Energy and its subsidiaries; unusual weather; effects of geopolitical events, including war and acts of terrorism; state, federal and foreign legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect cost and investment recovery, have an impact on rates or have an impact on asset operation or ownership; or impose environmental compliance conditions; structures that affect the speed and degree to which competition enters the electric and natural gas markets; costs and other effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations and claims; financial or regulatory accounting policies imposed by regulatory bodies; availability of cost of capital; employee work force factors; and the other risk factors listed from time to time by Xcel Energy and NSP-Wisconsin in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Risk Factors in Item 1A and Exhibit 99.01 of Xcel Energy's and NSP-Wisconsin's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

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