Jan 4, 2011 7:45 PM by Greg Boyce

Colorado asked to reconsider phasing out coal fired power plants

DENVER (AP) - Coal interests are asking Colorado regulators to reconsider a plan for Xcel Energy to retire or replace some of its coal-fired power plants.

The Public Utilities Commission last month approved a $1.4 billion plan for Xcel to close five coal-fired units in Denver and Boulder, build a new plant in Denver that runs on natural gas, and convert two coal-fired units in Denver to run on natural gas. The plan also had Xcel adding more emission controls at its Hayden and Pawnee plants. The changes were aimed at helping Colorado meet federal clean-air requirements.

Parties had 20 days to file requests for a rehearing. The Colorado Mining Association and the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado were among those filing requests today.


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