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  • Continental Army versus British Empire: coalition opposes Xcel’s latest money grab

    Continental Army versus British Empire: coalition opposes Xcel’s latest money grab0

    • October 7, 2017

    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 is getting ‘hoggy’

    Xcel is getting ‘hoggy’0

    • October 7, 2017

    “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule No. 1 of business.” Mark Cuban, March 2014.  Xcel Energy is

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  • Xcel’s backroom deal likely to screw ratepayers…again

    Xcel’s backroom deal likely to screw ratepayers…again0

    • August 29, 2017

    Rumor has it that Colorado’s largest monopoly utility Xcel Energy is about to renege on a 2004 settlement that cost ratepayers dearly. And, Xcel will do it with the Governor John Hickenlooper’s blessing.  Why? Because they don’t want to change their Electric Resource Plan (ERP) as I (and likely others) have suggested they should do

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  • Scathing PUC Chair dissent blasted economics of Demand-Side Management

    Scathing PUC Chair dissent blasted economics of Demand-Side Management0

    • April 30, 2017
    Supporters of so-called Demand-Side Management (DSM) say it’s an economic development tool. That’s not true. DSM is a misguided, harmful transfer payment from low income ratepayers with no choice to a preferred group of ratepayers, often commercial and industrial. No one makes this argument better than former Colorado PUC Chairman Ray Gifford, now a partner atREAD MORE
  • Irresponsible by ratepayers: bill looks to rein in Xcel’s abuse of power over developers

    Irresponsible by ratepayers: bill looks to rein in Xcel’s abuse of power over developers0

    • April 6, 2017
    Working with Xcel Energy, the state’s largest monopoly utility, is worse than working with the State of Colorado because at least there is way to hold the state accountable through elected officials. Since Xcel is a private monopoly and PUC puppet master, it’s the only game in town. Residential and business ratepayers have no choiceREAD MORE