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Citation Label: CO158
Publication Name: The Power (and Energy) of Water
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Author Name: Zaffos, Joshua
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Annotation: For five decades, the Cherokee Generating Station, on the north side of Denver, ran on western Colorado coal and cheaply powered the population boom of Colorado’s Front Range. Its four coalfired, steam-electric generating units produced up to 717 megawatts, enough electricity for more than half a million homes. The plant—one of the largest operated by Xcel Energy in the state—also emitted many thousands of tons of pollutants annually, including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides and carbon dioxide, contributing to poor air quality, smog and climate change. As for water, Cherokee was more innovative. The plant requires up to 10 million gallons or 30 acre feet per day to operate, but its water supply for years has been recycled wastewater from the same households purchasing its power.
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