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  • Energy Policy Center testimony on HB17-11160

    • March 31, 2017

    Mr. Chairman, members of the committee thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Michael Sandoval. I am the senior energy policy analyst for the Independence Institute, a state-based, free market think tank, headquartered in Denver. The Independence Institute is opposed to HB17-1116 not in intent, but in process. We do think

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  • Three bad House bills gives Senate GOP opportunity to stand up for ratepayers

    Three bad House bills gives Senate GOP opportunity to stand up for ratepayers0

    • March 29, 2017

    For the better part of a decade, Colorado energy policy has been a textbook case of state government selected winners and losers. Ratepayers and working families, at the mercy of Democrat controlled legislature and executive branch, have held the losing hand. While special interest environmental left groups such as Conservation Colorado, the Sierra Club, WildEarth

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  • Extending Demand Side Management is irresponsible by ratepayers

    Extending Demand Side Management is irresponsible by ratepayers0

    • March 28, 2017
    Riddle me this. Based on the following clues, can you guess the product/service, the company, and the program? It’s an out-of-state private monopoly that enjoys most favored corporation status under the Gold Dome. The favored monopoly has more supply/capacity than its customers use and anticipates this to be the case in the near future. TheREAD MORE
  • In 2011, the New Energy Economy Will Cost Coloradans…0

    • March 11, 2011

    For all the ink that Colorado’s public officials have spilled on the subject of the New Energy Economy, there’s been little discussion of its cost. Ex-Governor Bill Ritter, for example, recently took to the pages of the New York Times to brag about his energy legacy. While he made an unsubstantiated claim about creating “thousands

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  • Primer for Forthcoming PUC Decision on Boulder’s Smart Grid City0

    • December 3, 2010

    As the Denver Post’s Mark Jaffe noted, sometime soon the PUC is expected to make a major ruling on Boulder’s Smart Grid City (“SCG”), a pilot project for so-called “smart grid” technologies that has been much maligned for costing Xcel three times what the utility had initially estimated. Specifically, the PUC will rule on a

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