Aug 20, 2010 11:38 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Black Hills Energy mulls power plant options

Black Hills Energy is studying two options for its coal-fired power plant in Canon City to comply with a new Colorado law aimed at cutting pollution from power plants.

The company says it is studying whether to convert the plant to woody biomass or shutter it and expand a natural gas-fueled plant under construction near Pueblo Memorial Airport.

Christopher Burke is vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy Colorado.

He says both options could raise electric rates for customers. Xcel Energy also must comply with the law.

Its $1.3 billion proposal includes closing a coal-fired power plant, converting another to run on natural gas, and adding more emission control technology at two plants.


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