Here are the key dates so far:
Monday January 22, 2018–6 pm, Boulder TrainingMeadows Public Library,Boulder, Colorado
(4800 Baseline, behind the Safeway)
Thursday January 25, 2018–6 pm, Denver TrainingEpic Brewing3001 Walnut St. Denver, CO 80205 Phone: 720-539-7410
Monday January 29, 2018–6 pm Lakewood/Jeffco TrainingBelmar Library555 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado
Thursday Feb 1, 2018–4-7 pmPUC Public Hearing 16A-0396E
Coal plant retirements, payment plans & replacement options1560 Broadway, #250,Denver
opportunity for the public to help shape the PUC’s response to the need to retire Xcel’s coal plants long before their expected retirement dates.
2020s. This is, of course, a step in the right direction, but we need your help to make the PUC understand the following:
Move Faster on Coal Retirements: We are in a crisis on climate change. We can and must move faster by retiring these coal plants even earlier and working to retire the rest of Xcel’s coal fleet much sooner also.
Don’t Rush to Build More Natural Gas: Replacing coal plants with wind, solar, storage and demand side options makes good economic and environmental sense. This is not true for building new natural gas capacity which will likely just become stranded in its own time.
Don’t Make Xcel’s Customers Pay for All of Xcel’s Poorly Considered Expenditures on Coal: Xcel has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into their old coal plants in Colorado in this century–including into Comanche 1 and 2. Now Xcel wants us to pay for all of this–and pay them their return (think “profit,” at their Weighted Average Cost of Capital or WACC) on the ill-considered coal plant expenditures they have made in recent years. This isn’t a just or equitable solution for ratepayers. If we are to set a fair and equitable precedent for how we dig ourselves out of the very deep hole we’ve dug on coal in Colorado, it will be up to the informed citizens who testify on February 1, 2018 at the PUC to get it done!