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Xcel Energy floats “Power Pathway” plan to bring wind, solar power to cities from rural Colorado

Xcel still needs the blessing of state regulators and the agreement of other Colorado utilities before the $1.7 billion project to build 560 miles of transmission lines proceeds.

Business

Is Colorado’s power grid in shape for a Texas-size storm? Yes, mostly.

Northern Colorado had its own cold-weather challenge Sunday, making it through despite a notice to customers to turn down their thermostats

Energy

Colorado is behind on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. How far should the state push industry to get there?

Critics say the governor's roadmap is guided by "wishful thinking" rather than binding mandates to cut emissions blamed for climate change.

Climate

Opinion: Delays in closing Colorado coal plants are costly in money and air quality

Opinion Columns

Order to close three Colorado coal-fired power plants early reversed, regulators cite “incomplete” information

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission said issues around closing plants a year early were too complex

Climate

Three coal-burning power plants in Colorado face orders to close early. Their owners aren’t happy about it.

Tri-State, Xcel and Platte River Power had the closures slated for 2030. But Colorado air quality regulators say it must be done earlier to meet greenhouse gas targets.

Energy

Tri-State increases the amount of greenhouse gases it will cut in Colorado by adding wind and solar generation

Colorado's second largest electricity provider is now on par with other utilities for carbon dioxide reduction, but it will need to stop buying coal-fired power from elsewhere to do it

Energy

Wildfires make work to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions even more crucial, Gov. Polis says

In an address to state air-quality regulators, Polis reaffirmed ambitious climate-related goals. But some say the roadmap to reach them lacks urgency.

Environment

Opinion: Platte River Power Authority must commit to 100% renewable energy. Period.

Opinion Columns

We now know how many billions of gallons of water Colorado will save by closing coal-fired power plants

By 2031 water use for coal-fired power plants in Colorado will drop to 3.7 billion gallons – a 68% reduction, according to the Energy and Policy Institute.

Environment

Only three coal-fired power plants in Colorado are set to operate past 2030 after Craig Station shutdown date is unveiled

Xcel is the only utility in Colorado with large, coal-fired power plants set to operate past 2030.

Energy

Colorado may have missed a deadline to plan for reducing greenhouse gasses. Now the state faces a lawsuit.

Some critics say what is lacking is a lead from Gov. Jared Polis

Environment

Colorado Springs will shut down its two coal-fired plants by 2030. Now it’s time for Xcel to do the same, environmentalists say.

Coal-burning turbines at Martin Drake will be temporarily replaced with natural gas units as Colorado Springs Utilities builds new electric transmission lines

Energy

Larimer County coal-fired power plant will close 16 years early as Colorado speeds move toward renewable energy

Shut down of Rawhide Unit 1 leaves only a few big coal burning plants in Colorado without retirement dates as utilities feel pressure from customers, government to meet climate goals

Energy

Colorado’s lights, broadband must stay on during coronavirus. Here’s how utilities are keeping their workers safe.

Pandemic plans are being dusted off. In Colorado Springs, where 7 people have died, utility workers have been issued personal protective equipment so they can make gas, carbon monoxide safety checks.

Coronavirus

More Colorado coal-fired power plants could be closing, but the timing depends on some complex deals

The utility PacifiCorp hopes to retire its Colorado properties, though co-ownership with power-providers Xcel and Tri-State complicates the process

Energy

Chemical contamination from 7 Colorado coal-fired power plants found during groundwater monitoring

Local plants vow to minimize coal-ash contamination to meet new EPA rules; report finds cases much worse in other states

Environment

Colorado power companies bet big on net-zero emissions as state debates 100% renewable energy future

Xcel, Platte River banking on lowering emissions with nuclear, geothermal and carbon capture tech, but critics argue it would be too small, too slow

Energy

Boulder, Pueblo could be the next cities to create their own utilities in pursuit of 100 percent renewable energy

Nine governments are moving toward having their cities powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Longmont and Fort Collins have the best chances.

Energy

Jared Polis wants Colorado 100 percent powered by renewable energy, but talk is easier than the walk

At least 9 Colorado governments are working to wean themselves from coal and natural gas, but they say getting to 100% solar and wind power is harder than it seems.

Environment