|Proposed co-generation system whereby gas generation in addition to existing coal handling, will be supplemented with solar/wind generation.
transmission lines. Producing electricity with natural gas combustion, rather than coal, will double thermal efficiency and reduce CO2 production rate by fifty percent. These modifications will reduce air and water pollution and eliminate ash disposal problems while tripling the capacity of the plant and accommodating 200,000 KW of solar power.
On an average day, of the total power generated, gas will provide 35%, renewable energy (in this scenario - solar) will provide 28%, and the balance will come from power imported over existing transmission lines.
This transition from a coal-fired power plant, to a combined cycle plant augmented by a renewable energy plant will provide new jobs and vitality to the area. The final result is to bring southwest Colorado power generation home, reducing the amount of power purchased from outside sources, increasing jobs, decreasing consumer costs, and thereby stimulating economic development on all fronts.