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

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

    • January 22, 2018

    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

    • January 21, 2018

    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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  • Tax reform brings ratepayer relief across country but not in Colorado

    Tax reform brings ratepayer relief across country but not in Colorado0

    • January 20, 2018

    Across the country, utility regulators and elected officials are asking regulated monopolies in their states how they plan to pass along to customers savings from lower tax rates due to the federal tax act. Many utilities are responding. Customers from Boston to Portland are seeing their rates slashed due to the decreased the U.S. corporate

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  • Power quality, promises, and profits

    Power quality, promises, and profits0

    • January 3, 2018

    Power quality. That’s the phrase I heard several times after chatting with some small business owners whose livelihood – as well as those of their employees – depends upon good power quality: Good power quality can be defined as a steady supply voltage that stays within the prescribed range, steady a.c. frequency close to the

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  • MAMA: Make America Mine Again

    MAMA: Make America Mine Again0

    • December 29, 2017

    Our national security and economic prosperity (including Colorado’s) depend on it After falling behind foreign regimes, the U.S. may begin to develop and mine its own deposits of a whole host of minerals vital to our national security and economic prosperity. In a December 20 executive order, President Trump directed federal agencies to develop a

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  • Capitulation or deliberation? CSU shouldn’t rush into early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant

    Capitulation or deliberation? CSU shouldn’t rush into early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant0

    • December 6, 2017

    If the Board of the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) doesn’t even know the per-kilowatt-hour cost for the municipal utility’s Martin Drake Power Plant – the power plant it is charged with overseeing – then the Board has no business making financial decisions that will dramatically impact the lives of every CSU ratepayer. Yet, that’s exactly

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