Xcel Energy plans biomass plant at Hayden Generating Station


As part of its “Just Transition” plan for Hayden, Xcel Energy is proposing the creation of a 19-megawatt biomass plant at the Hayden Generating Station with the two aging units at the coal-fired power plant set to be retired in 2027 and 2028.

The biomass proposal is part of Xcel’s Phase II Clean Energy Plan submitted this week to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Michelle Aguayo, Xcel media spokesperson, said a commission decision is needed before proposed projects can move forward, and such electric resource plans are filed with the commission about every two years. A commission spokesperson said the plan is scheduled on the PUC agenda for December.

Subject to commission approval, construction on the biomass plant is expected to start before the end of 2025 and be complete by the end 2028, Aguayo said.