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The plant was originally expected to cost $680 million to bring online, but overshot its budget to $784 million, with an additional $72 million the last 10 years.

When it was proposed in 2004, Comanche 3 was expected to operate until 2070.

The plant, however, has dealt with those performance issues at the same time it has faced the consequential economics of green energy and the environmental heckles of generating electricity with coal.

Xcel has amended its timeline to 2040, when it will phase out the use of coal, according to an announcement of its plans to shift to renewable energy last week.

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Although Denver was the highest ranked city in Colorado to make the list, other cities including Aurora (55) and Colorado Springs (54) were listed. Denver trailed San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and other cities in the rankings.

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Since the Summit County reservoir was the only body of water in the state suspected of having quagga mussels, "this de-listing makes Colorado a completely negative state for both zebra and quagga mussels," according to a CPW statement Monday. Regional standards require three years of subsequent negative testing in order to re-classify the water from Suspect to Negative.

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Students at Bruce Randolph School are receiving a one-time grant of more than a half-million dollars to build and manage a hydroponic farm that will be used to help them develop food skills and knowledge. Everything grown on the urban farm will be fed to students and their families.