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GEM will tour Xcel’s most efficient coal-fired power plant, Jan. 17

December 4, 2012

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The Global Energy Management Program is inviting GEM students, prospective students, and alumni to tour Xcel’s most efficient coal-fired power plant, Comanche Station, early next year.

Comanche is a coal-fired, steam-electric generating station with three operating units. It is Colorado’s first advanced, highly efficient, supercritical coal unit that can generate more electricity with less fuel.

The tour will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Pueblo’s Comanche Station, 2005 Lime Road, and parking is available on site. Renee Trujillo, an engineer who worked on the expansion of the Comanche Station, will lead the tour. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided, and it is important that you dress appropriately for the winter weather. To register your name for the site tour, or for more information please contact Katie Looby at katie.looby@ucdenver.edu. 

In addition, the power plant saves customers money because it displaces higher cost electric generating units and reduces the need to purchase additional electricity from other sources. Comanche Station is the first plant in Colorado to control mercury emissions. The entire plant’s mercury emissions are lower than they were prior to the addition of Comanche 3.

The Comanche Station is located one-quarter mile from Evraz Steel Mill in Pueblo. Evraz is the single largest commercial account for Xcel Energy in Colorado and the only direct electric customer in the immediate area. For more information about Comanche Station please visit the Web site at http://www.xcelenergy.com/About_Us/Our_Company/Power_Generation/Comanche_Generating_Station.

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