May 5, 2010 9:58 AM by Jamie Smith

Power line flap leads Xcel Energy to rethink solar

Xcel Energy says it might have to reduce the amount of solar power it planned to buy because approval of a power line to transmit renewable energy has been delayed by a landowner opposed to it.

The utility expressed the concerns in a request Tuesday to cancel a hearing on the proposed power line so it can amend the plan it files with the state on projected energy needs.

Xcel Energy and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association want to build a 140-mile power line in south-central Colorado to transmit solar power.

Billionaire Louis Bacon opposes building the line over his 171,000-acre ranch. A ranch spokesman says the utilities have ignored an alternative route that would deliver more power and cost less.


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