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Retiring Xcel CEO ‘OK if no more coal’ after investing $1...

“I’d be OK if there were never any more coal,” says retiring Xcel Energy CEO Dick Kelly, who invested more than $1 billion in Pueblo's coal-fired Comanche 3 power plant. Leslie Glustrom of Boulder-based Clean Energy Action puts the interview “in the vein of ‘I can't believe I ate the whole thing.’ Burritos are only $3 mistakes and the indigestion lasts for a day. Coal plants are $1 billion mistakes and the ‘indigestion’ lasts for decades.”

Renewable energy falling in price and becoming more readily available

As Colorado generates a third of its energy from renewables, forecasts are that much higher percentages could come soon at relatively low cost.

Pueblo power debate: ‘All of the impacts, few of the benefits’

Xcel produces 1,410 megawatts of electricity in Pueblo -- enough to power at least a million homes -- but sells none of it to local residents. It does, indirectly, sell a percentage of that power to Pueblo households through Black Hills, which has a franchise agreement with the city, but will do so only until the end of next year, when the current contract is set to expire.

Xcel releases clean energy report touting SmartGrid, SolarTAC, Solar Rewards

Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility with 1.3 million customers, released its annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2009 on Thursday, touting several green energy...

PUC to weigh Xcel Comanche 3 delays, gas rate overcharge later...

In a pre-holiday rush, Xcel Energy rate increase cases are flying fast and furiously before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission these days. The PUC Wednesday...

State Rep. Levy plans bill to clean up electric co-op elections

A Boulder lawmaker says she’ll introduce a bill next session aimed at cleaning up questionable campaign practices in rural electric association (REA) board elections.Claire Levy, D-Boulder, told the Colorado Independent Tuesday she is still working on a draft of the bill she’ll introduce in the upcoming legislative session in January, but she outlined the basics.

PUC weighs rate-increase refunds in light of Comanche 3 power plant...

Tests over the weekend on Xcel Energy’s new Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant revealed cracks in boiler tubing that will push the facility’s opening...

A contrast in styles: Protesting energy policies in New York, Colorado

If it seems like it was just a few months ago when Xcel Energy was asking for a nearly $160 million rate increase –...

Xcel seeks nearly $180 million rate hike to cover coal-fired Comanche...

Xcel Energy’s rate-case hearing before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission runs through the end of the week, with some wags saying the state’s largest...

IREA Voices touts new study on looming coal shortages

IREA Voices, a citizen activist group formed to combat the climate change policies of the state’s largest rural electric co-op, is pointing its members...