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April 9, 2018

Public Information Session on Xcel Energy’s Valmont Power Station – Tuesday, May 8 at 3 p.m.


Boulder County Commissioners to receive a report from Xcel Energy concerning the status of the Valmont Station. The public is invited to attend.


(Boulder County, Colo.) -- At a public information session scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, the Board of County Commissioners will receive an update from Xcel Energy on the status of the Valmont Power Station (located just east of the City of Boulder in unincorporated Boulder County) in relation to the cessation of coal activities at the site. The public is invited to attend.

The May 8 information session was scheduled in response to community interest in learning more about the Valmont coal generator shut down in 2017 and Xcel’s plans to continue using the site for utility-related purposes. According to Xcel Energy, the Valmont Station continues to serve an important role in supporting the regional electric grid and area water rights and there are no current plans to decommission the site.

  • What: Public Information Session on Xcel Energy’s Valmont Power Station
  • When: Tuesday, May 8 at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Boulder County Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, third floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder (map)

The session will include a presentation by Xcel's Valmont Station subject matter experts outlining the rules that govern the site in relation to coal cessation requirements of state and federal regulations. More specifically, Xcel will cover the following areas of interest:

  • Brief review of Valmont’s history and Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010
  • Ash impoundments operation and current status
  • Regulations impacting closure of the impoundments
  • Closure activities to achieve “clean closure”
  • Final disposition of the bottom ash and site restoration
  • Future state of the reservoirs


Submitting Questions and Comments/Feedback

Because this is a public information session and not a public hearing, public testimony will not be taken as part of the meeting. However, public comment – including questions to be posed to Xcel Energy ahead of their presentation – may be submitted in writing by a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 30, using the Valmont Station Question & Comment Form.

For more history and details about this topic, please visit the Boulder County Public Health Valmont Station web page or Xcel Energy Valmont Generation Station.

Long distance view of Valmont Power Station outside of Boulder, Colo.

Please note: The Board of County Commissioners plays no role in the operation or regulation of the Valmont Power Station. Xcel Energy is a private entity regulated by the Public Utilities Commission and state and federal environmental regulations. However, because the facility lies within unincorporated Boulder County and there is general public interest concerning recent changes at the site, the county commissioners have invited Xcel to come update them and members of the public about the foreseeable use of the site.