NUCLA, Colo. — State environmental regulations have led to the closing of a Montrose County power plant.
Nucla station, which opened in 1959, is retired from service according to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
The 100-megawatt facility is ending plant operations to meet Colorado’s Regional Haze Visibility State Implementation plan.
Nucla station was originally set to close in 2022.
Tri-state has agreed to provide $500,000 to Nucla and Naturita to support economic impacts during the transition from the plant closure.
35 employees will immediately begin work to decommission Nucla station.