Please join the Global Energy Management Program’s staff and students to tour Xcel’s most efficient coal-fired power plant, Comanche Station.
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.
Comanche is a coal-fired, steam-electric generating station with three operating units. The addition of the plant’s Unit 3 is significant. It is Colorado’s first advanced, highly efficient, supercritical coal unit that can generate more electricity with less fuel. 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.
In addition, 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. 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.