PUEBLO, Colorado – Every year, millions of greenhouse gases come from the Commanche power plant in Pueblo, generating electricity for consumers in other parts of the state.
The plant’s operator Excel Energy is preparing to shut down some coal-fired power plants at the plant, but some environmentalists are asking why the company cannot close it before the current 2040 deadline.
Jamie Valdez Environmental Team Mothers Out Front is a Colorado community organizer. Volunteers with Sera Club’s local chapter.
“I don’t think many people in the state have realized that we have the largest greenhouse gas pollution in our backyard,” he said.
For the past decade, Commanche emits 8 to 9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The facility has consistently led the state in greenhouse gas emissions until the Complex’s new and largest power plant, Part 3, is maintained offline. Even without Unit 3, Pablo County reported the second largest greenhouse gas emissions of more than 5 million metric tons, with 4.4 million coming from Commanche.
Dr. Velma Campbell, MD, Public Health Doctor, and Volunteers are a number of environmentalists in the community. She pointed out that there were other pollutants in the air coming from the commando.
“This includes not only CO2 but also other chemicals such as nitrogen and sulfur compounds that have the potential to affect individual health,” Campbell said. “He deserves better.”
Like Valdez, she wants the power plant to be turned off. Excel Energy is moving in that direction. Sections 1 and 2 are scheduled to retire in 2023 and 2025 respectively.
In March, the company announced a new clean energy plan to increase its retirement date from Part 3 to 2040. This facility has been operating at reduced capacity for the last decade.
But Campbell points out that the repairs in Section 3 raise an important question about reliability.
“Why not keep your small power plant as a backup for emergencies,” she asked.
In March, government regulators reported that additional repairs and maintenance in Section 3 increased energy costs by an average of $ 66.25 per megawatt-hour. The cost of the factory is $ 20 per hour, according to the report.
Valdez recalls that the cost to taxpayers was more than buying electricity from wholesale markets.
When the factory was online, it became more expensive for Xcel Denver rates payers.
Komaneche’s service area also raises questions of justice. The plant has historically served the EVRAZ steel plant, but consumers in Pueblo County are served by Black Hills Energy or the San Isabel Electric Association.
In July, Ivraz smashed land on a new BigHorn Solar farm on a new farm, greatly reducing commodities.
“I do not understand why it is ፑblo’s responsibility to accept the effects of pollution and climate change on Denver’s energy supply,” Valdez said.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on the Xcel Energy 2021 Clean Energy Plan on Thursday, October 28 at the El Pulo History Museum at 301 N.Union Avenue from 4pm to 6pm.