Excel Energy Comenche 3 coal-fired power plant may be shut down by the utility’s energy plan ahead of its 2034 retirement date.
The fate of the factory in Pueblo is one of the issues Xcel Energy wants to address in the planning process with companies and agencies. The company said in a statement on Monday that it was “considering the possibility of accelerating Commando 3 retirement by ensuring system reliability and balancing the benefits of injured workers.”
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has extended discussions until April 26 to allow more time for people to talk.
The electricity plan, which is provided to regulators every four years, sets out the amount of electricity the utility needs and the resources it uses.
A.D. The 2019 law requires consumer plans to shape the way carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 80% from 2005 to 2005 by 2030 and 100% by 2050. This produces coal, putting pressure on them to shut down their consumption. More carbon dioxide than other fuels.
Excel Energy promises to supply carbon-free electricity in eight regions by 2050.
Eric Blanc, chairman of the PUC, said: “Although this process is flawed, I am pleased to have continued discussions with the parties before concluding our talks. “This process involves the purchase of multi-billion dollar assets that will enable us to have a reliable and ever-increasing carbohydrate energy system for many years.”
He says it is more important to fix things than to take them in the traditional way.
A.D. By the end of 2021, Xcel Energy has reached a partial agreement with the participating companies and agencies on a number of key issues. But issues remain and some parties, including environmental groups, have not signed the agreement.
Key Post’s Xcel Energy Plans for Commanche 3 Coal Factory. The company originally set a deadline of 2040, but moved to December 31, 2034, with plans to reduce operations from 2025.
But critics point out the long-term equipment and operational problems of the coal mine should be shut down as soon as possible because of economic, safety and environmental problems. A.D. According to the 2021 PUC report, the unit was out of service for an average of 91.5 days a year for ten years and for all but a few days in 2020.
The company told PUC on February 6 that it was expected to be completed by the end of April after being hit by a “two-phase incident” in the commando commanche 3.
Western Resource Advocates, a board-based environmental group, wants Xcel Energy to analyze the benefits of Comanche 3 retirement by the end of 2029.
“The recent Comanche 3 crash is not a reliable source,” said Gwen Farnesworth, senior WRA policy adviser.
In addition, it is hard to imagine that the coal factory would have been online for another 12 years.
At a meeting on March 14, PUC members John Gavan and Megan Gilman also expressed concern about the plans to open Komanche 3 by 2034, saying that early retirement should be considered.