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  • Xcel’s CEP, Comanche: Facts versus platitudes

    Xcel’s CEP, Comanche: Facts versus platitudes0

    MYTH: “In CO, energy from renewable energy projects w/ storage is cheaper than existing coal plants,” Conservation Colorado’s Pete Maysmith tweeted at me, citing a Vox column as his source. The column covered Xcel Energy’s “Colorado Energy Plan” (CEP) and renewable energy bids to replace 660 megawatts of coal-fired power from Comanche 1 and 2

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  • Storing freedom 2.0: battery storage bill is back

    Storing freedom 2.0: battery storage bill is back0

    First aid kit. Bottled water. Extra food. Most of us keep these things on hand, in case of an emergency or if the electricity goes out. We don’t need permission from the grocery store to stock up. Nor can the grocery store come into our home to monitor how we use our supplies. In fact,

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  • Coopted, corrupted and busted: OCC, regulatory process need fixing

    Coopted, corrupted and busted: OCC, regulatory process need fixing0

    The regulatory space at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is the playground of corporate lawyers, unelected bureaucrats, and well-funded special interest groups. They have “stakeholder” meetings that include only themselves. Then they issue press statements slapping each other on the back for their hard work securing a “settlement” that forces Colorado working families and

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  • Xcel lies. Reality dies…and so does affordable power

    Xcel lies. Reality dies…and so does affordable power0

    How Xcel is playing loose with numbers and gaming the system in its favor.  Xcel Energy is a monopoly with no competition. Still it spends millions of ratepayer dollars on PR campaigns and lobbyists to convince the media, lawmakers and its hostages customers – the entire state – that it is “responsible by nature.” The

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