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Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Dollars, not politics, are driving Colorado’s accelerated embrace of solar energy

Installing solar utility generation is now cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation.

Energy

Opinion: Rural power utilities must have freedom to escape Tri-State

If rural cooperatives want to pursue more choice outside the Tri-State system, electricity regulators should absolutely let them do so.

Opinion Columns

Xcel Energy looks to avoid Colorado wildfires — and PG&E’s fate — and wants customers to pay for it

The company wants $589.7 million by the end of 2025 to maintain infrastructure and keep trees at bay. Consumer advocates say that’s not necessary.

News

Xcel Energy moves up closure dates for coal-fired power plant near Steamboat Springs

Hayden Generating Station units 1 and 2 will be closed without layoffs of 75 people who work there, utility giant says as it moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.

Energy

Colorado regulators hit brakes on Xcel Energy’s plan for a $30 million electric vehicle rebate program

The Public Utilities Commission pared back the plan to $5 million and limited it to income-qualified buyers. But one commissioner would prefer the money be spent on “societal programs, like school bus electrification.”

Energy

Opinion: Xcel’s plan for transportation electrification is a win for consumers and for clean air

Opinion Columns

It will take $130M to get more EVs on Colorado roads. Xcel wants its customers to cover the cost.

Consumer advocates and the PUC staff are troubled by how much influence Xcel Energy had in developing a $30 million rebate program funded by electric customers

Environment

Ambitious plan to reduce CO2 emissions still leaves Tri-State getting 23% of electricity from coal plants

The state’s second largest electric provider plans to spend $21 billion to add renewable sources and battery storage. Natural gas is in the mix.

Energy

Tri-State increases the amount of greenhouse gases it will cut in Colorado by adding wind and solar generation

Colorado's second largest electricity provider is now on par with other utilities for carbon dioxide reduction, but it will need to stop buying coal-fired power from elsewhere to do it

Energy

Colorado regulators probe why the coal-fired Comanche 3 power plant has been out of service for months

Xcel Energy customers have been paying for the $1.3 billion plant since it opened in Pueblo 10 years ago and now are picking up the tab for costly repairs and electricity purchased to meet summer demand

Energy

Colorado utilities fear wildfire risk — and liability — amid warming climate

Mindful of PG&E’s struggles in California, Xcel Energy and electrical cooperatives are stepping up efforts to minimize the risk of causing wildfires.

Wildfire

Is Colorado leading or lagging on climate policy? It depends on which states you’re comparing us to.

On the one hand, the state has adopted some of the most ambitious climate laws in the county; on the other, critics say Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has failed to use the laws to their fullest.

Environment

We now know how many billions of gallons of water Colorado will save by closing coal-fired power plants

By 2031 water use for coal-fired power plants in Colorado will drop to 3.7 billion gallons – a 68% reduction, according to the Energy and Policy Institute.

Environment

Tri-State’s clean energy battles with two Colorado electric co-ops now threaten the utility’s finances

A week-long hearing is set before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in an attempt to determine reasonable exit fees for United Power and La Plata Electric Association

Energy

Xcel pushes natural gas rate hike for Colorado customers even as regulators ask for coronavirus-related delay

State regulators want Xcel to delay energy price increase by 90 to 120 days. “COVID-19 is turning everything upside down,” consumer advocate says.

Energy

Two more electric co-ops are trying to leave Tri-State Generation. They’ve asked the Colorado PUC for help

United Power and La Plata Electric say they’re being held hostage and need regulators to help negotiate breakup fees

Energy

Front Range air quality is terrible, but Colorado’s efforts are showing some improvement in ozone pollution

A slate of new laws is expected to speed up air-quality improvements, but Denver still hasn't met standards that the EPA set more than a decade ago

Environment

Bold $500 million offer to replace 3 coal-powered plants with renewables, gas met by reluctance from Tri-State

Miami’s Guzman Energy already helped a New Mexico co-op leave Tri-State and says switching to renewable energy will cost less

Energy
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