PUC Refuses To Reconsider Xcel Coal-To-Gas Plan

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) – Colorado regulators are sticking to their decision to approve plans for Xcel Energy to retire some of its coal-fired power plants and switch others to run on natural gas.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission this week deliberated and denied a motion for reconsideration of the plans.

The Colorado Mining Association and the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado had filed the request for reconsideration. Both groups are concerned about what the plans could mean for workers and communities that rely on the coal industry for jobs and tax revenue.

Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson tells the Craig Daily Press the group is examining its next steps.

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