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Sep 23, 2010 8:56 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Xcel power plant plan up for comment in Denver

Colorado regulators are taking public comments in Denver as they review Xcel Energy's plan to convert some of its coal-fired power plants to run on natural gas.

The Public Utilities Commission's public comment meeting Thursday follows one last month in Grand Junction, where some expressed concern about how the switch would affect the state's coal industry and western Colorado communities that rely on coal for tax revenue and jobs.

Others worried consumers would be hurt by volatile natural gas prices.

Xcel proposes closing a coal-fired plant in Boulder, converting two coal-fired units in Denver to natural gas, and adding more emission controls at others.

It made its $1.3 billion proposal to comply with a new state law on reducing emissions.

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