Colo. regulators back switching coal unit to gas

DENVER — Colorado regulators are supporting an option to switch a coal-fired smokestack in Denver to run on natural gas.

The fate of the Cherokee 4 unit was one of the most contested portions of Xcel Energy’s proposal to reduce emissions, which was required by a new state law.

The Public Utilities Commission has until Dec. 15 to issue their formal order but the three commissioners agreed on the fuel-switching option today for the Cherokee unit.

The commission supports Xcel’s proposals to close five other coal-fired units in Denver and Boulder, switch one Denver unit to run on natural gas, and add emissions controls on two others.

The fuel-switch option for the remaining Denver unit was not the first choice for either the Ritter administration or Xcel.


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