As Colorado towns come to grips with a coal-free future, the state looks for ways to help

Energy News Network: In 2017, when residents of the Hayden School District debated the merits of building a new pre-k through 12th grade school, little was said about the near certainty that a nearby coal-powered power plant would likely be retired long before the building’s debt was. The Hayden Generating Station pays 57% of property taxes in the district.

“Nobody wanted to talk about it. Now we’re talking about it pretty hard,” says Doug Monger, a life-long resident of Hayden and a Routt County commissioner. “When the power plant goes away, get your checkbooks out.”

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