Public comment sought on emissions
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will take public comment this month on plans by Xcel Energy to meet new emissions requirements.
The Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which passed the Legislature in April, requires Xcel to develop plans for several criteria, including a 70–80 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide levels by 2017.
Xcel Energy has proposed to eliminate 903 megawatts of coal generation by closing its Valmont plant by the end of 2017 and Cherokee plant by the end of 2022. Xcel then would run its Cherokee plant and one of its Arapahoe units on natural gas.
Xcel also plans to install emission-control equipment at its Pawnee and Hayden power plants.
The plan would cost about $1.3 billion to implement over the next 12 years. Xcel is proposing a new emission-reduction adjustment clause that would allow it to begin recovering those costs on Jan. 1, 2011.
The public comment hearing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mesa County Commissioners hearing room, 544 Rood Ave.