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What will be Colorado’s last standing coal plant? Xcel Energy wants it to be Comanche 3. Can the company persuade state regulators it should operate to 2040?
Colorado’s newest coal plant has been a dog, but Xcel Energy says it should stay open until 2040, a crucial component of the company;’s decarbonization plan.
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Three Colroado coal plants must retire by the end of 2028, a year earlier than the utilities planned, the state’s Air Quality Control Commission has ruled. Still to be decided: Hayden units 1 and 2.
Colorado regulators have signaled they want Xcel Energy to consider using securitization to advance retirement of Comanche 3, the West’s youngest coal plant.
When Comanche 3 began producing electricity in 2010, the coal-burning unit at Pueblo, Colo., was projected to continue operations to 2070. Now, it’s an open question whether it will continue operations beyond 2030.