PUC hears evidence on Xcel Energy coal-to-gas plan

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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is holding evidentiary hearings on Xcel Energy’s proposal to run some of its power plants on natural gas instead of coal.

The hearings open Thursday and continue through Nov. 3. The PUC has until Dec. 15 to decide whether to accept the plan.

A new state law required Xcel to present a plan it would implement by the end of 2017 to cut emissions to meet foreseeable federal air standards, but Xcel’s preferred plan wouldn’t close one coal-fired plant until 2022.

The PUC will have to decide whether that’s OK. The agency’s staff says Xcel’s preferred plan might not satisfy the state law, but rejecting it won’t leave a lot of time to agree on a new one.