Pumping up the power grid
A new coal-burning electricity plant is under construction in Pueblo.
To the north, in Frederick, work is under way on another electricity plant, this one fired by natural gas.
Solar and wind farms are cropping up in Lamar, Peetz, Grover and the San Luis Valley.
April 29, 2006
by Gargi Chakrabarty
in Rocky Mountain News
An unprecedented billion-dollar Colorado energy construction boom will add 1,886 megawatts of power through 2012 - barely enough electricity to serve the state's burgeoning population.
The good news is, Xcel Energy's customer base is growing, and the cost will be spread out among more homes over the next few years.
"We have a good operational plan to meet demand on the hottest day all the way through 2012," said Kurt Haeger, Xcel's managing director of wholesale planning.
The utility recently came under fire for not having enough power on Feb. 18, one of the coldest days this winter, and that... [continue via Web link]