Puebloans weigh in on Colorado clean heat plans at PUC meeting

Colorado Public Utilities Commission chairman Eric Blank came to Pueblo’s Steelworks Center of the West with representatives from Xcel Energy and Colorado Natural Gas on Wednesday to hear questions and comments from community members about “clean heat plans” being developed by Colorado gas companies.

The plans — which may include a mix of supply-side sources that replace traditional natural gas and demand-side sources that reduce customer use of gas — are a requirement of Colorado Senate Bill 21-264, which requires gas companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. to be reduced by 4% compared to 2015 in 2025 and by 22% in 2030.

Another requirement of the bill states that the plans must be the lowest reasonable cost, although utilities can’t try to meet those standards by delivering less gas to homes.

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