The Board of Directors of Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: XEL) today raised the quarterly dividend on the company's common stock from 36 cents per share to 38 cents per share, which is equivalent to an annual rate of $1.52 per share. The dividends are payable April 20, 2018, to shareholders of record on March 15, 2018. "Today's decision by the Xcel Energy Board of Directors to increase our quarterly dividend reflects our strong performance and confidence in our business strategy. It also demonstrates the shareholder value we're delivering, as this is the 15 th year in a row we've increased the dividend," said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy. Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company, with operations in 8 Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.6 million electricity customers and 2.0 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com. This information is not given in connection with any sale or offer for sale or offer to buy any securities. Statements in this press release regarding Xcel Energy's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.