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In Colorado, retirement date set for coal-fired Craig Station unit

The owners of a coal-fired power generating unit in Moffat County, Colo., set a retirement date for their asset.

The 410-MW Craig Unit 2 will retire Sept. 30, 2028, according to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., one of the unit's five owners.

Tri-State announced in January that Craig Unit 1 would close by the end of 2025 and Units 2 and 3 would follow by 2030, in keeping with the utility's plan to shutter its entire Colorado-based coal-fired generation fleet decades earlier than technologically necessary. Tri-State said in a July 8 news release that the plan announced previously for closing Craig Units 1 and 3 has not changed.

The other owners of Craig Units 1 and 2 are PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project and Xcel Energy Inc., which operates in-state as Public Service Co. of Colorado. Tri-State alone owns Craig Unit 3.

Tri-State's coal-specific decarbonization effort comes as several of its member utilities have sought to abandon ship and exit their contracts early, which, for some, was in part over a desire for cleaner, cheaper power.