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Xcel Energy is slowing the growth of community solar gardens, consumer advocates say

Community solar builders and consumer advocates who want solar gardens extended to more low-income customers say Xcel Energy has reneged on a plan to award 75 megawatts of new garden construction, and they want state regulators to step in.  Xcel responds that the bids from community solar builders came in far higher than expected, and […]

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February storm eats up much of Cripple Creek schools’ energy budget for an entire year

  Tammy Bruntz had a sum in mind just before she opened her monthly email from Wolf Creek Energy detailing the February energy bill for her Cripple Creek-Victor School District.  The figure in her head was about $6,500, a typical midwinter bill for the district in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, and roughly what […]

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Closing all of Xcel’s coal-fired power plants will cost Colorado consumers $1.4 billion

The price tag for Xcel Energy closing all its Colorado coal-fired plants will be $1.4 billion spread over decades — a sum that will be paid exclusively by the utility’s residential and commercial customers. The closure estimates and their financing are part of the $8 billion electric resource and clean energy plan submitted last month […]

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Colorado regulators probe why the coal-fired Comanche 3 power plant has been out of service for months

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday launched an investigation into Xcel Energy’s problem-plagued Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant, which has had chronic breakdowns requiring millions of dollars in repairs. The $1.3 billion plant near Pueblo has been out of service since mid-January. It was idled between January and June for repairs, Xcel said. When […]