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Xcel to close two-unit, 441MW Hayden coal plant in Colorado by 2028

January 05, 2021

The Denver Post:

Xcel Energy-Colorado and its partners in the Hayden Generating Station will close the coal-fired plant’s two units by 2028, years earlier than planned.

Xcel Energy, which owns the northwest Colorado plant with PacifiCorp and the Salt River Project, said in a statement Monday that Unit 2 of the plant will be retired by the end of 2027 and Unit 1 will be retired in 2028. The original retirement dates for Unit 1 and Unit 2 were 2030 and 2036, respectively.

The plant’s early closure is part of Xcel Energy’s plan to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2030 and deliver carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050, utility officials said.

Anna McDevitt, with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said it’s now good to see Xcel Energy — “the only Colorado utility with plans to keep coal burning past 2030” — shutter some of its coal plants. But she said Xcel still has work to do, pointing to its Comanche 3 coal plant near Pueblo, which she said is twice the size of Hayden and the largest climate polluter in the state.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently authorized an investigation into Comanche 3, which the agency has had operational and equipment problems since it was put in service in May 2010.

Xcel Energy is the majority owner and operator of the Hayden Generating Station. It owns about 75% of the 179-megawatt Unit 1 and 37.5% of 262-megawatt Unit 2.

[Judith Kohler]

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