Pueblo Unit 3* is typically Colorado's
largest single emitter of carbon dioxide.
The good news:
Pueblo 3 has frequently been offline from the beginning of its life, most recently since 1/28/22. Xcel has stated the plant is not needed in terms of system reliability.
The bad news:
Colorado Xcel customers are paying over $100 million/year to keep the coal plant generating profits for Xcel whether it is working or not.
*Pueblo 3 is how we refer to Xcel’s “Commanche 3” as we assume Native Americans would not want to have a dirty power plant named after them.
TAKE ACTION: Demand the Closure of Pueblo 3!
Don't Fix it! PULL THE PLUG on PUEBLO 3!
Pueblo 3 Should Not Be Paid For By Ratepayers
Xcel customers are paying over $100 million/year to keep the Pueble 3 plant generating profits for Xcel whether it is working or not.
PSCo, Xcel’s Colorado subsidiary, reported 2021 after-tax profits were $660 million.
How is it that a monopoly with no competition is able to make a bad decision, pass the cost onto ratepayers and still reap obscene profits?
Pueblo 3 Should Never Have Been Built
The dangers of burning fossil fuels and the awareness of the looming climate crisis was well-documented in the early 2000s when Xcel conceived of this huge capital expenditure.
A 2009 report by Leslie Glustrom describes this as Colorado’s Billion Dollar Mistake.
So why did they build Pueblo 3? Because that is How Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) Make Money.
Do Not Fix Pueblo 3
ASK the PUC to close Pueblo 3 ASAP. NO repairs should be made to a plant that:
- emits the CO2 equivalent of way over 500,000 passenger vehicles,
- consumes millions of gallons of water a day
- emits copious amounts of mercury and other toxins.
- Xcel has indicated that this plant does not impact reliability.
PULL THE PLUG on PUEBLO 3, don’t bring it back online!
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Pueblo 3 in the News
Opinion: 12 years is too long to let the Comanche 3 coal-fired electricity plant keep running State regulators have an opportunity to reconsider. They should
David Takahashi: Shutter this underachieving, polluting coal-fired plant now Boulder Daily Camera, Guest Commentary, April 3, 2022, by David Takahashi The Marshall and now NCAR
Xcel Energy’s troubled Comanche 3 coal plant down again; regulators want to know why By Mark Jaffe. Published in The Colorado Sun, March 15, 2022 Link
Xcel Energy’s troubled Comanche 3 coal plant down again; regulators want to know why By Judith Kohler. Published in the Denver Post, February 28, 2022 Link
Colorado’s newest coal-fired generator has been shut down for two weeks. Regulators have ordered Xcel to tell them why
Colorado’s newest coal-fired generator has been shut down for two weeks. Regulators have ordered Xcel to tell them why By Miguel Otárola. Colorado Public Radio, February
By Leslie Glustrom, 4.23.21, in the The Pueblo Chieftain Let me be clear. I stand in strong support of the Pueblo community and the bright