Colorado officials ready for new carbon emission air rules

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DENVER | Colorado officials say they’re ready for an expected EPA rule by next month that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030.

Colorado Air Pollution Control Division director Will Allison says a number of options are being considered. They include improving insulation at existing coal plants, shifting generation to natural-gas combined plants, more renewable energy and conservation.

Once the final rule is in, state health officials will meet with people affected by the rules. Next year, officials will develop a state-specific plan. The Legislature will then discuss the plan in 2017, before the final state plan heads to the EPA.

Colorado’s coal industry says the proposed rules could require expensive changes. Colorado gets about 60 percent of its energy from coal.