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  • Smart Grid City: Suddenly, the PUC Cares about Costs?0

    • January 11, 2011

    The PUC has finally ruled on Xcel’s cost-recovery for the Boulder Smart Grid City (SGC). Before we get to that, here’s a timeline of the SGC, for background: January 2008: Xcel announced it was looking for a city of 100,000 in its eight-state territory as a test bed for smart grid. March 2008: Xcel chooses

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  • HB 1365 Update: The Appeals Are in…and Everyone Objects to the PUC’s Decision0

    • January 7, 2011

    This week was the deadline to appeal the PUC’s decision on a HB 1365 implementation plan, and judging by the briefs, no one is satisfied that the PUC’s decision passes legal muster. Here’s a roundup of who argued what, along with links to the appeals: Xcel alleges that the PUC’s decision “fails to put into

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  • Xcel getting fat off Colorado ratepayers0

    • December 31, 2010

    The cost of the New Energy Economy is just being felt by Colorado ratepayers and enjoyed by Minnesota-based Xcel Energy as proved by the chart below, which is based on the energy company’s third quarter earnings report. But first a few facts about the economics of utility companies: Investor-owned utilities such as Xcel Energy operate

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  • Don’t Let the PUC Hide the Cost of HB 13650

    • December 28, 2010

    “I have a moderate proposal” was how PUC Chairman Ron Binz introduced his interpretation of cost recovery provisions in HB 1365, the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act, legislation that effectively mandates fuel switching from coal to natural gas for almost 1,000 megawatts of base-load electricity generation along the Front Range. It was a very important

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  • HB 1365 Update: Xcel Remains Undecided; Coal Interests Begin To Litigate, Promise More0

    • December 27, 2010

    Regarding HB 1365 (a.k.a. the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act), the big news is that Xcel has yet to make up its mind. As I noted here, the Minneapolis-based utility has the authority under HB 1365 to veto the fuel switching implementation plan chosen by the PUC on December 10. So far, Xcel has kept

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  • Does Indiana Have a Lower Tolerance for Corruption than Colorado?0

    • December 23, 2010

    The Hoosier State is roiling over inappropriately cozy relationships between state regulators and the utility they oversee. It started when a top lawyer for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission took a job with Duke Energy shortly after acting as a judge in a major rate-case before the utility. That got Governor Mitch Daniels’ attention. Then

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