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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Xcel files plan to close coal-fired power plant in Pueblo

DENVER – Xcel Energy has proposed a tentative agreement to shut down Colorado’s largest coal-fired power plant by 2035, well ahead of its original retirement date of 2070, as regulators believe the state will How the largest utility operated can reduce its carbon emissions.

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy filed a settlement with the state Wednesday, affecting the Comanche 3 coal-fired unit at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo, Colorado Public Radio reported.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said in a report earlier this year that Comanche 3 suffered operational, equipment and financial problems, leading to more than 700 days of unplanned shutdowns since 2010 and electricity costs that exceeded the estimated cost of electricity. I have come

CPR reported that if approved, Excel’s plan to close it could reduce the utility’s carbon dioxide emissions in Colorado by close to 90%.

According to the state report, the $1.3 billion unit went into service in 2010 but was plagued by poor maintenance and oversight, with electricity costs up to 45% higher than estimated. Comanche 3 was also Colorado’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, according to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The plan calls for Komanch 3 to run at half capacity by 2025 and at one-third capacity by 2029.

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