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Letter to the Editor: Future of state’s energy up for debate

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Xcel has just submitted a plan to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that details how Colorado will generate our energy over the next four years. It invests heavily in renewable energy and brings Colorado on track to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The plan proposes retiring two coal plants in Pueblo and replacing them with wind and solar. Although 90 Pueblo coal plant workers would need to be retrained, the renewable energy industry in Colorado employees 62,000 workers today and could surely employ 90 more. Under this plan, our power bills will stay the same or even decrease. This is clearly a win-win, since we are getting cheaper energy, higher employment and fighting climate change.

Xcel needs 2/3 of the PUC commissioners to vote in favor of the the plan in order to move forward. I’m hopeful these commissioners will do the right thing and approve Xcel’s plan.

Robin Kupernik,
Arvada

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