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Xcel settlement offers $447,000 for north Denver

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: March 7, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. is providing $447,000 for environmental projects in north Denver to resolve a lawsuit alleging clean air violations.

WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in 2009 accusing Xcel of failing to monitor and limit emissions at its coal-fired Cherokee power plant in Denver.

Xcel isn't admitting to any of the allegations. A consent decree filed in federal court Thursday notes Xcel has already taken steps to improve monitoring, and it plans to stop burning coal at the plant by 2018.

The consent decree resolving the lawsuit says Xcel will provide $447,000 to the nonprofit organization Groundwork Denver to install solar panels in the Globeville, Elyria or Swansea neighborhoods; offer energy-efficiency improvements to dozens of homes there; and create the Platte Farm Open Space in Globeville.