Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan to shutdown coal plants & add renewables: approved

By Michelle Froese This week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) provided its initial approval of Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) to close coal-fired units 1 and 2 at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo 10 years ahead of schedule.
Xcel’s CEP includes the replacement of coal generation with a $2.5 billion investment in renewables such as wind, solar and battery storage.
Colorado’s largest utility will replace that coal generation with a $2.5 billion investment in mostly renewable energy and battery storage that is estimated by Xcel to save ratepayers at least $213 million. The PUC will formalize their support in a written decision,

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