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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Van Abel Brian J 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol XCEL ENERGY INC [ XEL ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
(Last)          (First)          (Middle)
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
(City)        (State)        (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock  2/21/2023    A    16791.708 (1) A $0.00  49835.584 (2) D   
Common Stock  2/21/2023    M    3459.036  A  (3) 53294.620  D   
Common Stock  2/21/2023    F    9965.744 (4) D $68.01  43328.876  D   
Common Stock                 14.692 (5) I  401(k) 

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Restricted Stock Units   (3) 2/21/2023    M        3459.036 (6)   (7)  (7) Common Stock  3459.036  $0  0  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Represents the settlement of performance share unit awards for the 2020-2022 performance period.
(2)  The amount includes 933.261 shares of stock acquired pursuant to the reinvestment of dividends since the reporting person's last report.
(3)  Restricted stock units are settled in common stock on a one-for-one basis.
(4)  Represents the withholding of shares to satisfy tax obligations upon the settlement of the 2020-2022 performance share unit awards and restricted stock unit awards. Fractional share interests were settled in cash.
(5)  Shares held in the Xcel Energy Stock Fund under the Xcel Energy 401(k) Savings Plan as of plan statement dated February 17, 2023.
(6)  Number of units shown reflects the reinvestment of dividend equivalents since the original grants of (a) 1,347 units granted on March 31, 2020 and (b) 1,855 units granted on March 31, 2020.
(7)  Award vested on December 31, 2022 but was settled in shares of common stock on February 21, 2023.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Van Abel Brian J

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Kristin L. Westlund, Attorney in Fact for Brian J. Van Abel 2/23/2023
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

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