Pueblo Unit 3* is typically Colorado's
largest single emitter of carbon dioxide.
The good news:
Pueblo 3 has frequently been offline/unable to generate electricity for a cumulative two years since 2010. 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 Pueblo 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.
Pull the Plug on Pueblo 3:
- Pueblo 3 has been unable to generate electricity for a cumulative two years since it started in 2010.
- Xcel customers pay over $100 million/year to keep the coal-fired plant generating profits for Xcel — working or not.
When fully operating, Pueblo 3:
- has emitted CO2 / year equivalent to 1,000,000 passenger vehicles
- uses 4.9 million gallons of water per day
- is permitted to emit about 2 lbs. mercury per week + other toxins
- was fined by EPA for non-compliance of toxic coal ash management
- is more expensive than clean renewables
PULL THE PLUG on PUEBLO 3, don’t repair or bring it back online!
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Pueblo 3 in the News
Xcel Agrees To Nearly $1 Million EPA Fine Over Coal Ash Storage At Problem-Plagued Comanche Power Plant
Boulder County endorses EPA petition to ban greenhouse gas emissions Read the article and watch the video here (CBS4) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday
Opinion: Steve Pomerance: PUC: It’s time to fish or cut bait Published in The Boulder Daily Camera, June 10, 2022 Link to the original article The
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