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Clean Energy. Local Control.

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!

Join us in calling for the PUC and Xcel Energy to "Pull the Plug on Pueblo 3", i.e., demand early retirement of Xcel's fossil fuel plants, specifically the Pueblo 3 Coal Unit ASAP!

Please submit comments to the Public Utilities Commission  and email the Xcel Board of Directors: boardofdirectors@xcelenergy.com.

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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TAKE ACTION: Demand the Closure of Pueblo 3

Submit comments to the Public Utilities Commission  and email the Xcel Board of Directors: boardofdirectors@xcelenergy.com.