Colo regulators examine Xcel coal plan

DENVER — Colorado state regulators this week will consider Xcel Energy’s $1.3 billion plan to stop burning coal at its electric power plants in Denver and Boulder.

The Public Utilities Commission is set to hold meetings on the plan starting today in Denver.

Xcel originally proposed new emissions controls for some coal-fired units, switching some to run on natural gas and retiring the coal-fired Cherokee 4 unit in Denver in 2022.

After opponents said that didn’t meet the deadline, Xcel suggested more emissions controls for Cherokee 4 instead. But state health officials and the Governor’s Energy Office support an option closer to the original plan, with Cherokee 4 retiring in 2017.

State regulators will vote on the plan by Dec. 15.


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