On Monday, the state approved Xcel Energy’s plan to close two coal-fired power plants, which is expected to bring more renewable energy to Colorado.
Xcel plans to retire two aging coal-fired power plants in Pueblo and invest $2.5 billion in clean energy, including wind and solar. Xcel provides electricity to 1.4 million customers statewide, including some in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
The move was applauded by environmental groups and green energy advocates, including Aspen Skiing Company Vice President of Sustainability Auden Schendler.
“This move, which will bring Colorado to 55 percent clean power by 2026 is nation, if not world-leading," he said. "It may be one of the most significant climate victories in the country this year.”
Much of the Roaring Fork Valley gets its electricity from Holy Cross Energy. CEO Bryan Hannegan said it, too, is working on acquiring more renewable energy and some of that will come from Xcel’s plan.