Amy Harder May 25
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Wind energy's watershed moment

Data: Energy Information Administration; Note: Only includes facilities with a nameplate capacity one megawatt and above; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Ben Fowke, the CEO of Xcel Energy, now says he's fine with wind power on the electric grid.

"I don't think 5 or 10 years ago I'd be comfortable telling you we could not sacrifice reliability when we're going to have 35% of our energy come from wind," Fowke said on stage at the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference in Anaheim. "I'm telling you, I'm very comfortable with that today."