Xcel announces Upper Midwest coal plant closures. New Colorado law requires 80% renewable electricity by 2030. Xcel still plans to buy 383 MW of gas plants

E360 DIGEST MAY 21, 2019 Xcel Is Closing Upper Midwest Coal-Fired Power Plants a Decade Early
One of the United States’ largest utilities, Xcel Energy Inc., announced it will close its remaining coal-fired power plants in the Upper Midwest a decade ahead of schedule and add 3,000 megawatts of new solar capacity by 2030, E&E News reported. It is the latest step in the utility’s plan to provide 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050.