Community Commitment
May 8, 2024

Xcel Energy breaks ground on new Grand Forks service center

New facility continues our commitment to the community, will modernize employee experience

On May 8, 2024, Xcel Energy officials and community leaders kicked off construction of our new Grand Forks service center, which will allow us to continue to serve the community’s needs into the future. 
Our new facility will be built at our existing property off Demers Avenue just to the southwest of downtown. While the current service center has served the community reliably since 1965, the new facility will modernize the workspace for Xcel Energy’s Grand Forks team members, allowing them to meet customers’ future needs.  
“Xcel Energy has served the Grand Forks area since 1909, and this investment demonstrates our ongoing support for this community,” Ryan Long, president of Xcel Energy—Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. “Our top priority is delivering safe, reliable electricity and natural gas to our customers. Regional service centers play a key role in this work, supporting our coworkers who maintain our power lines and substations as well as the fleets of vehicles they need to get the job done.” 
The new service center will be about 30% larger than the current building, enhancing safety for team members by providing more space for daily operations. The building will feature modern technology, an updated fleet mechanic garage, and more storage space to keep equipment out of the elements. 
The location is centrally located to serve the City of Grand Forks and surrounding communities and is across the street from the Grand Forks Fire Department, which allows for collaboration on service calls. About 30 employees will be based at the new service center. The building will not be open to the public. 

“Reliable electricity and gas service is key to economic development, business growth and quality of life in Grand Forks. This new service center demonstrates Xcel Energy’s continued commitment to serving our city,” said Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski. “Xcel Energy is a valued part of our region. Its employees live, work and shop locally, contributing to a thriving Grand Forks community.”  
Construction started in early April. The first phase includes a new fleet garage and weld shop building. Once the existing weld shop is demolished, construction will start on the new service center. The new service center is slated to open in 2025.