More than 500 megawatts of coal-based power to be shut down in Colorado

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - More than 500 megawatts of coal-based power produced at two power plants will be shuttered in Colorado over the next decade under an agreement announced Thursday by the state health department, the owners of the power plants and environmental groups.

The announcement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said that the shut down of the coal-based power plants will eliminate “millions of tons of air pollution,” including pollutants that contribute to the formation of ozone, and emissions that cause the regional haze that obscures vistas in state and national parks and wilderness areas.

The pollutants eliminated by the agreement also will reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, the CDPHE said.

The agreement calls for the shut down of:

-The 100-megawatt, coal-fired Nucla Station, which is located in Nucla, Colorado, to be “retired” by December 31, 2022. The New Horizon Mine, which supplies coal to Nucla Station, also will shut down and halt mining when Nucla’s operations end.

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