Colo. law replacing coal-powered plants with natural gas raises hackles

03/26/2010 | Hill, The

Colorado's proposed legislation requiring Xcel Energy, the state's largest utility, to switch from coal to natural gas as a way to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions has coal lobbyists up in arms and the chemical industry worried about rising costs for natural gas. The fight is being watched as a harbinger of conflict in Washington, D.C., should such requirements make it to the federal level. Mike Walls, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council, said the industry opposes mandates for "fuel switching" in the federal climate bill.

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