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  • Two little but costly words

    Two little but costly words0

    • April 10, 2018

    How the words “SHALL” and “MAY” are used in a bill can make all the difference. And, so it is with HB18-1270 “Public Utilities Commission Evaluation of Energy Storage Systems.” According to the summary on the Colorado General Assembly Web site: The bill directs the public utilities commission to adopt rules establishing mechanisms for the procurement

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  • Coloradans are taking on the state’s largest monopoly utility

    Coloradans are taking on the state’s largest monopoly utility0

    • March 7, 2018

    With COPUC approval, Xcel, the state’s largest monopoly utility, plans to shift its generating portfolio from away from majority hydrocarbons (coal and natural gas) in favor of industrial wind, solar, and battery storage.

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  • Xcel’s CEP, Comanche: Facts versus platitudes

    Xcel’s CEP, Comanche: Facts versus platitudes0

    • February 1, 2018

    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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  • 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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