Ue Comanche coal plant closes earlier than expected. Is the future with nuclear or renewable?

This is not the first time he has mentioned Ue.

Then comes the urgency. Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility, announced earlier this year that it plans to retire the Commanche power plant by 2040, three decades ahead of expectations.

Faced with a short-term deadline, Ue leaders are plotting what the city will look like when it loses its largest greenhouse gas source in Colorado – and a significant local tax revenue source.

County commissioners are pleased that the community has the potential to generate nuclear power. Other leaders, including Mayor Nick Gradisar, are banking on other avenues to boost the local economy.

“There is no reason why the world should not be the world’s renewable energy capital,” Gradsar said.

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Ue Mayor Nick Gradisar stands next to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, an electric SUV, on Monday, August 30th.

Ue is already installing other renewable energy projects, but solar and wind alone will not replace Komachche’s tax revenue.

Researchers are already moving in this direction, largely due to Xcel’s expiration dates on Xcel.

A.D. A 2019 study by the Colorado Mining School found that the city’s transition to solar and wind could reduce electricity costs and lead to more private investment and jobs.

One of these projects is currently underway. Workers are installing hundreds of rows of solar panels on a large plot of land south of Komaneche.

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Von Johnson walks into the Bighorn Solar project south on Monday. August 30. Project Director Johnson says solar negotiations will provide 240 megawatts of power to the Xcel Energy grid.

The Bighorn solar project, powered by Lightsource BP, will provide 240 megawatts of power to the Ivaraz steel mill and will pay property taxes for $ 23.8 million over 35 years, a company spokesman said.

Xcel spokesman Mille Aguero said the tax revenue is small compared to Comcast station, which brought $ 23.5 million to the county, city, school district and other public services by 2020 alone.

Replacing that income would take more than just wind and solar power, Wisman said.

“To be successful and compete in the world economy, we need to have a lot of tools in our wallet,” he said.

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Ue County County Commissioner Chris Wiseman sat behind a table at the Ue County County Government Building on Monday, August 30th. Wiseman County said it would like to know if the nuclear power plant could survive in the future.

Attempts to bring nuclear weapons to the fore have been made in the past, but security remains a concern for many.

Nuclear Energy Company Nuskal has discussed with City Wello and county leaders how to use small modular reactor technology to restore a retired coal mine.

Wiseman also In 2011 he met Don Banner, who had come to the district with plans to build a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of the city.

Flag is a safe and efficient way to generate electricity throughout the day – apart from wind and sun – and generate enough work and tax revenue to support the county.


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