CMA Letter to Denver Post: Don’t Strand Rural Colorado!



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The Open Forum Letters to the Editor Xcel’s investments in coal

Re: “Will coal investments become stranded assets?,” Feb. 4 guest commentary.

Leslie Glustrom objects to Xcel Energy’s request for recovery of the costs of emission controls at its coal power plants. Her contention that consumers are at risk of “stranded costs” in coal plants is off the mark. Coal accounts for nearly two-thirds of the electric power generated in Colorado. It is the only fuel source that exists in sufficient abundance to meet the state’s constant demand for reliable, affordable and clean electric power. If Colorado ends coal use, it is rural communities and energy consumers, just to name a few, who will become “stranded” by this energy poverty plan.

Stuart A. Sanderson, Denver

The writer is president of the Colorado Mining Association.