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IEEFA U.S.: Colorado’s newest coal plant, needing extensive repairs (again), was idle for a year

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado’s newest coal plant, needing extensive repairs (again), was idle for a year

Utility commission launches investigation of Comanche Unit 3 costs; seamless replacement of power adds to case for early closure

Xcel Energy’s troubled Unit 3 at the Comanche Generating Station in Colorado was offline for almost an entire year after being closed for repairs—even as customers started paying the $11.7 million cost of fixing previous problems. The latest in a long saga of failures at Comanche 3 started on Jan. 13, 2020, when it was […]

January 15, 2021 Read More →

Xcel seeking bids for 500MW of solar at Sherco coal plant in Minnesota

Renewables Now: U.S. utility Xcel Energy Inc has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) that seeks to add around 500 MW of newly-built solar power generation in Minnesota. The utility-scale solar capacity should be located in proximity to the company’s coal-fired Sherburne County (Sherco) power plant in Becker. Through the solicitation, launched on Monday, Xcel […]

January 7, 2021 Read More →

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

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 […]

January 5, 2021 Read More →

Minnesota regulators okay $750 million Xcel plan to repower 651MW of wind capacity

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota regulators on Wednesday approved Xcel Energy’s $750 million wind farm “repowering” project, one of several proposals from the utility to help speed up the state’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Xcel, the state’s largest utility, said its plan to retool several existing wind farms will save ratepayers $160 million through efficiency gains. The […]

January 4, 2021 Read More →

Xcel Energy completes construction of 522MW Sagamore wind farm in New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal: A mammoth wind farm covering 156 square miles in eastern Roosevelt County will begin generating enough electricity later this month to power up about 194,000 homes. At 522 megawatts, Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Farm is by far the largest to come online in New Mexico, offering at least 40% more generating capacity than […]

December 17, 2020 Read More →

Xcel to convert 1,018MW Harrington coal plant in Texas to gas by 2025

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Xcel Energy Inc. intends to convert its first coal-fired power plant in Texas — a 1,018-MW generating station — to run on natural gas, a plan in line with the investor-owned utility’s goal to cut emissions from its generation facilities 80% from 2005 levels by 2030 and be carbon-free by […]

November 17, 2020 Read More →

Utility officials see path to 80% carbon emissions reduction, worry about last 20%

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Thirteen states have set targets for a carbon-free grid by midcentury, if not earlier, to help the world avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But is that possible? With today’s technology, utilities can readily reach 80% reductions in carbon emissions in the next decade, according to an Oct. 14 […]

October 16, 2020 Read More →

Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Colorado

The Denver Post: Xcel Energy-Colorado has completed construction of the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge wind farm on the Eastern Plains. The 229-turbine facility in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties will provide enough energy to power about 270,000 homes, Xcel Energy said in a statement Wednesday. The project, owned by the utility, was completed ahead of schedule […]

October 5, 2020 Read More →

Water woes to prompt early closing of 1,067MW Tolk coal plant in Texas

Utility Dive: Xcel Energy intends to shutter the 1,067 MW Tolk coal-fired generating station, which provides power to Texas and New Mexico, by Dec. 31, 2032, according to a stipulation endorsed by subsidiary Southwestern Public Service (SPS), environmental advocates and the utility division staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC). Per the stipulation, […]

January 15, 2020 Read More →

Colorado utilities to join California’s western energy market, boosting options for renewables

The Denver Post: Xcel Energy, Black Hills Colorado Electric, Colorado Springs Utilities and the Platte River Power Authority announced Tuesday that they will join the California Western Energy Imbalance Market. (WEIM) Starting in 2021, the four utilities will be able to trade electricity in real time with utilities in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, […]

December 18, 2019 Read More →