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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 Democrats want to accelerate the governor’s emissions reduction roadmap. Polis says he’s not on board.

In a move to bolster Colorado’s push to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Democratic legislators are seeking to put pollution reductions outlined by the Polis administration into law, set deadlines and provide more money for the effort. Senate Bill 200 is an effort to codify much of the work that has gone to curb pollutants since […]

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Western states chart diverging paths as Colorado River water shortages loom

By Sophia Eppolito and Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY — As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, several states that rely on the water acknowledge they likely won’t get what they were promised a century ago. But not Utah. Republican lawmakers approved an entity that could push […]

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

Xcel Energy on Tuesday filed a plan with state electricity regulators for a $1.7 billion project to build 560 miles of transmission lines encircling eastern Colorado designed to bring wind and solar electricity to Front Range population centers from rural areas. The project – Power Pathway – would be done in collaboration with at least […]

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Xcel plans to double its renewable energy generation by 2030. It’ll cost consumers $8 billion to do it.

Xcel Energy will spend $8 billion to double its renewable energy generation and storage and add new transmission lines, while closing all of its coal-fired power plants in Colorado by 2040. The initiative, unveiled Wednesday, would reduce Xcel’s carbon emissions in Colorado 85% from 2005 levels by 2030. A state law requires regulated utilities to […]

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Colorado governor pressures PUC to protect utility customers from storm price surges

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday urged the state Public Utilities Commission to protect consumers from gas and electric price spikes experienced by utility companies during the Valentine’s Day weekend Southwest cold snap, adding pressure to a PUC investigation of power company requests to raise prices.  Utilities have told regulators in multiple states that their costs […]

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Colorado governor releases final plan to reduce emissions by 90%. It’s still too vague, environmentalists say.

The state released its final version of the highly touted “Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap” Thursday, claiming it lays down the path and the timing of specific rules and legislation to achieve massive emissions reductions. But environmental advocates said it still is too vague to guarantee real change. The report by Gov. Jared Polis and […]

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An environmental group claims 70% of Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions come from oil and gas. But that’s in dispute.

  In what is becoming a running skirmish between environmental groups and the Polis administration over how to curb the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, a new analysis calculates that 70% of all the gases come from oil and gas operations and calls for the shutdown of the sector by 2030. The figures used in the […]

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

The Polis administration is set this month to complete its “roadmap” for cutting Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions, but critics question whether the route is clear enough — and the milestones realistic enough — to get Colorado where it needs to go. In a nod to some of the challenges, air quality and energy officials are […]