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  • Black Hills ratepayers should direct their anger at Xcel Energy

    Black Hills ratepayers should direct their anger at Xcel Energy0

    • January 23, 2017

    Protests and letters to the editor show just how frustrated Pueblo ratepayers are with rising electricity bills and their service provider Black Hills Corporation.  I sympathize with those ratepayers, but their anger is misdirected. The real villains are former Governor Bill Ritter and Colorado’s largest investor utility Xcel Energy.   All Colorado ratepayers are paying

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  • Elections have consequences: Wonder if Dr. Wolk has changed his mind?

    Elections have consequences: Wonder if Dr. Wolk has changed his mind?0

    • November 30, 2016

    Remember when Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) chief Dr. Larry Wolk told the Denver Post‘s Vincent Carroll that his agency was “the conduit for the EPA”? The response followed a question from attorney Ray Gifford that Carroll then posed to Wolk in the context of President Obama’s controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP)

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  • Elections have consequences: Xcel owes ratepayers a new plan

    Elections have consequences: Xcel owes ratepayers a new plan0

    • November 25, 2016

    “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009 The same is true in 2016 with President-elect Donald J. Trump who promised to kill the controversial and likely illegal “Clean Power Plan” (CPP). Now Xcel Energy and the Colorado Public

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  • Ratepayer Coalition opposes Xcel Energy’s proposed settlement on  Rush Creek

    Ratepayer Coalition opposes Xcel Energy’s proposed settlement on Rush Creek0

    • September 27, 2016

    Xcel Energy announced that the company reached a settlement with multiple intervening parties on the Rush Creek Wind Farm. Xcel needed the settlement to keep on its already greatly compressed time line as the Denver Post reported on September 6, “The settlement between Xcel Energy and multiple parties heads off three days of hearings before the Colorado Public

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  • Xcel Energy, PUC, and OCC are Irresponsible by Ratepayers

    Xcel Energy, PUC, and OCC are Irresponsible by Ratepayers0

    • September 7, 2016

    By Amy Oliver Cooke and Michael Sandoval Is it time to eliminate the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) and elect our Commissioners who serve on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)? Maybe. Our recent insider perspective on the so-called approval process by supposedly neutral regulators leaves us pondering that very question. The most recent Xcel Energy

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  • Seizing power: Hick may issue exec order to slash emissions

    Seizing power: Hick may issue exec order to slash emissions0

    • August 23, 2016

    Developing story One of the worst kept secrets in Colorado energy policy circles finally is public thanks to PoliticoPro. Governor John Hickenlooper has floated a draft executive order to slash carbon emissions from the power generating sector by 35 percent by 2030, as compared to 2012 levels. Doing his best President Obama impersonation, the Governor

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