Mar 6, 2010 8:52 AM by Associated Press
Xcel Energy is promising to cut air pollution over the next seven years. A deal announced Friday by Gov. Bill Ritter, the company and lawmakers will require Xcel to reduce pollutants by retiring or modifying Front Range coal-fired power plants by 2017.
The power plants would be replaced by natural gas and other, cleaner sources of power.
The company will be required to submit plans by Aug. 15 to the state Public Utilities Commissions to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at coal plants by up to 80 percent over the next eight years.
Xcel is Colorado's largest utility, serving more than 1.1 million residential customers.