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Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Colorado regulators approve 3 utilities’ clean energy plans despite environmentalists’ objections

Antipollution advocates said Colorado Springs Utilities and Holy Cross Energy made vague promises or orphaned coal emissions.

Environment

Xcel Energy cleared to collect $500 million from Coloradans for storm, but regulators say it can’t happen again

Colorado’s largest utility put “on notice” by the Public Utilities Commission, saying it mishandled the spike in prices during Winter Storm Uri in 2021

Business

Xcel Energy wants consumers to pay $1B to shut down 5 coal-fired power plants. Regulators want more study.

“We’ve expressed concern over understanding these costs,” Colorado Public Utilities Commission member Megan Gilman said of Xcel Energy plan

Business

Opinion: 12 years is too long to let the Comanche 3 coal-fired electricity plant keep running

State regulators have an opportunity to reconsider. They should take it

Opinion Columns

Xcel Energy to raise residential electric bills by 6.4% in April, two more rate increases loom

Add a request to recoup costs from a weather-related price spike in 2021 and an increase tied to rising costs of gas and the total is $16.50 more a month.

Business

Xcel Energy rate hikes would raise utility bills up to $18 per month. And they’re not done yet.

3 requests before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission seek to recoup nearly $1 billion from customers, including the cost of buying gas during winter storms in 2021

Business

Xcel Energy is slowing the growth of community solar gardens, consumer advocates say

Xcel says bids for building new community solar sites for low-income residents came in at prices far too high, but companies say it’s a familiar slow-walk by a power competitor.

Energy

Opinion: Xcel has a plan to cut carbon emissions by 85% by 2030. It’s too timid.

Coloradans have made clear that 2030 is the hard line for closing its carbon-fired electricity plants completely

Opinion Columns

Closing a coal-fired power plant in Pueblo to meet Colorado climate goals is easier said than done

The fate of Xcel Energy’s Comanche 3 plant is tangled at the crossroads of emissions and economics

Business

Stingy car electrification plan by Black Hills Energy drives Pueblo inequity, advocates say

Southern Colorado utility’s first required Transportation Electrification Plan offers far fewer public benefits than Xcel’s in a place that needs it much more, the groups say.

Environment

10-digit dialing becomes mandatory across Colorado to make way for national suicide hotline

Long the habit of Denver-area callers, change took effect Sunday for folks in 719 and 970 area codes

Health

After collecting $610 million from Colorado customers, regulators say it’s time to end Xcel’s pipeline repair fee

The Pipeline System Integrity Adjustments fee was supposed to be temporary. A decade on, it now accounts for 16% of Xcel’s natural gas revenue in Colorado.

Business

Xcel Energy may fill the hole left by closing its Hayden coal-fired power plant with salt. And fish.

The utility’s plan to generate electricity using molten salt could serve as a template for other towns facing the end of the age of coal.

Environment

Colorado consumer advocates ask utility commission to reject $130M of Xcel’s February storm surcharge

The mid-February deep freeze sent natural gas prices soaring, but critics say the utility ignored warnings to store more gas and could have substituted cheaper fuel oil.

Energy

Xcel Energy needs a smarter, greener electric grid. But should Colorado customers foot the $344 million bill for it?

If the Public Utilities Commission OK's Xcel’s largest ever rate increase, electric bills for Colorado customers will have increased 20% since the start of the year

Business

Tri-State must tell members seeking cleaner, cheaper energy how much it would cost to break up, regulators say

Nine members of the association, including United Power, asked more than a year ago how much it would cost to break contracts running to 2050. Federal regulators gave Tri-State 30 days to clear the air.

Energy

Some Colorado utility consumers could pay more than $550 for February storm

Consumer advocates still pursuing questions of why gas supplies for Front Range shot up so much when the cold hit Texas hardest.

Energy

How much damage does climate change cause in Colorado? Leaders are trying to put a price tag on it.

There are growing efforts -- in Washington and at the Colorado statehouse -- are trying to determine the social cost of carbon so they can put a price on greenhouse gases for the economic damage they wreak

Climate

Colorado’s big electric users could get a 30% discount on power under Xcel Energy’s incentive plan

The Public Utilities Commission reluctantly OK’d the program, worried that it won’t benefit areas most in need of economic development help.

Business

Xcel, Atmos Energy say they saved Colorado customers nearly $1 billion during February freeze

In PUC filings to justify recouping huge sums from gas and electric customers, Xcel and Atmos outline how they kept the lights and heat on and why their efforts come at a steep price.

Energy
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