MINNEAPOLIS (WXOW) – Xcel Energy and its foundation are donating $1.5 million to COVID-19 relief efforts.

The money comes from Xcel’s plans earmarking more than $20 million in a corporate giving campaign after the company sells its Mankato Energy Center later this summer.

In a statement from Xcel, Chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy Ben Fowke said, “At Xcel Energy, we’re doing our part to support our customers and communities during this very challenging time. I’m so proud of our employees, who are not only doing critical work to keep the lights on, they’ve also embraced our commitment to community by joining our effort to support our neighbors in need.”

The statement also outlined the Xcel Energy Foundation’s plan to match “employee donations up to

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