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Colorado power plant owners announce generating unit closure

July 9, 2020 GMT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Colorado have announced one of three generating units scheduled to close will stop operations in September 2028.

PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project, Tri-State and Xcel Energy-Colorado own two of the three generating units at the Craig Station plant, The Daily Sentinel reported.

The announcement also means the nearby Trapper Mine will close, since it’s the plant’s sole customer, officials said, adding that 144 employees operate the mine.

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A generating unit owned solely by Tri-State is set to close by 2030. The Colowyo Mine, which employees 183 miners, will also close by the same deadline.

Plant operator Tri-State Generation and co-owner Transmission Association announced earlier this year that the Craig Station plant will close entirely by 2030, along with another mine that supplies the plant.

“We remain focused on working with our partners in the plant, as well as local and state leaders, to support our employees and the community through this transition,” TRi-State Chief Executive Officer Duane Highley said.