Xcel’s Clean Heat Plan Approved with Major Climate Wins May 15, 2024

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“There are many unacceptable health, safety, and climate risks associated with blending hydrogen into the residential gas supply,” said Lauren Swain, coordinator for PSR Colorado (Physicians for Social Responsibility). “Therefore we appreciate the PUC’s decision to remove hydrogen from the clean heat portfolio. PSR’s national report documents the increased risk of leaks, fires, and explosions associated with hydrogen blending, as well as its potential to increase nitrogen dioxide emissions, which are linked to asthma attacks and hospitalizations. We hope the Commission’s final decision will eliminate hydrogen blending from Xcel’s ratepayer-funded market transformation portfolio as well.”

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