Xcel Energy reaches settlement over Clean Air Act lawsuit

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) reached an agreement with WildEarth Guardians in which Xcel will spend about $447,000 on solar and energy efficiency projects and on improvements of natural areas in neighborhoods that are near the Cherokee power plant in Denver, Colo., according to the Denver Business-Journal.

The plant was the subject of a 2009 lawsuit in which WildEarth Guardians alleged that the plant violated clean air regulations. As part of the settlement, the group says it will dismiss the lawsuit against Xcel. The agreement must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The lawsuit claimed that Xcel failed to monitor and limit emissions from the plant. At the time of the suit, the plant burned coal, but in 2012, work started on converting the plant to burn natural gas, the article said. The conversion is expected to be completed by 2017.

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