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Thanks so much for your interesting and informative Voice of Reason column on Feb. 6. As you so rightly said, the Utilities Board should let the public know when the scrubbers at Drake are not working, and should preferably shut down the plant when that happens. However, that requires a level of oversight that is unwieldy and perhaps beyond the capabilities of the Utilities board. In light of the seriousness of the threat of climate change the board should shut down Drake as soon as possible and utilize the cleaner, cheaper alternatives offered by renewables.

A securitization bill introduced into the Colorado Legislature by House member Chris Hansen, the Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act (HB1037), would allow publicly owned utilities to retire coal plants without huge upfront costs for Colorado ratepayers or the utilities. This would be a distinct advantage to the Utilities Board if it passes.

— Susan Permut

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