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  • Jake Fogleman Talks Xcel Energy Bills, Colorado Climate Policy on the George Brauchler Show

    Jake Fogleman Talks Xcel Energy Bills, Colorado Climate Policy on the George Brauchler Show0

    • January 17, 2023

    Policy analyst Jake Fogleman joined the George Brauchler Show on 710 KNUS to talk about the sky-high energy bills Xcel customers have been seeing this winter due to a pancaking series of rate hikes granted by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. They also discuss who is ultimately to blame for those rate hikes, the reality

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  • Fossil Fuels Bail Out Colorado’s Grid Yet Again

    Fossil Fuels Bail Out Colorado’s Grid Yet Again0

    • January 4, 2023

    Coloradans might want to begin brushing up on their German. At least enough to be familiar with the word Dunkelflaute, which roughly translates to “dark doldrums.” The term describes a weather pattern of low wind and limited sunlight that makes generating electricity from renewables nearly impossible. The event is relatively common in northern and western Europe during

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  • Xcel Proposes Yet Another Rate Hike

    Xcel Proposes Yet Another Rate Hike0

    • December 2, 2022

    Colorado’s largest utility is back before the PUC requesting another rate increase, this time a $312.2 million bump in electric rates. The request is just the latest to arrive in 2022, a year that has come to represent a cost-hike bonanza for the energy monopoly. The PUC already approved a $182.2 million electric rate hike

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  • Xcel Gives Up Plan to Expand Hydropower in Colorado

    Xcel Gives Up Plan to Expand Hydropower in Colorado0

    • November 2, 2022

    Pumped-storage hydropower won’t be the answer to Xcel’s need for dispatchable zero-carbon energy. At least not for now. According to the Colorado Sun: Xcel Energy has killed its plan to build a hydropower project in Unaweep Canyon.   The utility on Wednesday morning told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it was withdrawing its application for a

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  • Fudging the Numbers: How Colorado Policymakers Mislead on Energy Costs

    Fudging the Numbers: How Colorado Policymakers Mislead on Energy Costs0

    • October 12, 2022

    An increasingly common theme of the energy policy debate here in Colorado, particularly among renewables advocates, is the trumpeting of cost statistics purporting to show the affordability benefits of transitioning to wind and solar over legacy fossil fuel plants. Take, for instance, a recent statement made by Governor Jared Polis during a gubernatorial debate late

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  • Reliance on Solar Projects Threatening Colorado’s Outlook on Grid Reliability

    Reliance on Solar Projects Threatening Colorado’s Outlook on Grid Reliability0

    • October 5, 2022

    As Colorado moves to retire legacy fossil-fuel power plants in order to meet Governor Polis’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2040, the state is increasingly reliant on wind and solar to meet our electricity needs. And now, thanks to supply chain snarls hitting the solar industry, our ability to keep the lights on next

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