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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

Colorado governor pressures PUC to protect utility customers from storm price surges

“Colorado Ain’t Texas,” Jared Polis’ office says in letter warning about high prices Xcel and others paid during February storms

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

Order to close three Colorado coal-fired power plants early reversed, regulators cite “incomplete” information

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission said issues around closing plants a year early were too complex

Climate

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

What’s Working: Unemployment benefits for a year, $300 is the new $600 and how to get that call back

A weekly update on losing a job, finding a new one or hiring extra help.

Business

Audio: The end of the unemployment boost in Colorado

Tamara Chuang talks with KUNC's Colorado Edition about her story

Audio

The $600 federal unemployment benefit is ending. Here’s what that means for out-of-work Coloradans.

The state added 100,000 workers to the labor force in June, a recovery of about 37% of jobs lost between February and April. But coronavirus infections are on the rise, and new safety restrictions are being enacted.

Business

Calling Colorado’s unemployment line? You might end up talking to a Google-powered AI

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is also working to address $17.5 million in overpayments, a depleted Trust Fund and the approaching end of $600 weekly pandemic payments

Business

Colorado may have missed a deadline to plan for reducing greenhouse gasses. Now the state faces a lawsuit.

Some critics say what is lacking is a lead from Gov. Jared Polis

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

Western Slope utility serving Delta, Montrose settles on $136.5 million fee to break up with Tri-State

The fight between Delta-Montrose Electric Association and its power generating partner has dragged on since 2016 and led Tri-State to be more flexible in its remaining contracts.

Energy

Wyoming coal interests funneled money, experts to influence Colorado PUC decision on closing parts of Pueblo plant

The Coalition of Ratepayers, a group formed by the Denver-based Independence Institute and which received money from out of state, still couldn’t stop the shutdown of Comanche Station units in Pueblo.

Energy

Want cheaper electricity? Xcel Energy wants to help — if you’re willing to do your laundry at 2 a.m.

Xcel is asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to put all of its residential customers in Colorado on time-of-use rates to blunt the demand for electricity on summer afternoons and early evenings.

Energy

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