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Today, members of the solar industry sent a letter sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper expressing our disappointment that the legislature failed to secure funding for the Colorado Energy Office. The Colorado Energy Office plays and important role in the state’s energy ecosystem. The office is an important convener and serves as a mediator of different view points. Its programs serve as important incubators to encourage nascent technologies and new business models.
It is our hope that Governor Hickenlooper is able to find a way to secure funding for the Colorado Energy Office. The solar industry stands ready to assist in this effort.
Our full letter is available here: COSEIA Letter on Energy Office 5-12
The Public Utilities Commission written order approving Xcel Energy’s Electric Resource Plan, issued April 28, contains important precedents that acknowledge the real costs of climate change in Colorado. The long-range planning document will guide Xcel in making future resource decisions. COSEIA believes it is very significant that the PUC majority agreed with us, and others, that Xcel must model the “social costs’’ of carbon when planning on what future energy resources to acquire.
While advocates have been arguing for years that broader impacts from carbon pollution need to be considered in resource planning, this is the clearest direction yet provided that the PUC can use its discretion to consider such costs. Thus, conditions such as health impacts, fires, drought, flooding, extreme heat, tourism impacts and more need to be considered in making resource decisions.
Additionally, the PUC agreed with COSEIA on another key point: that Xcel must model different levels of discounting the future costs of fossil fuels. In addition to the long-standing 6.78% discount figure used by Xcel, the utility now must model both a 3% and 0% scenario. We believe this will more accurately allow decision makers to evaluate the costs of fossil fuels compared to renewables because the higher rate unfairly discounted the future cost of fossils.
We believe these two important parts of the decision mark important progress in Colorado toward more accurately accounting for the costs and benefits of renewable energy as compared to fossil energy.
Denver, CO, January 04, 2017 — Solar Power Colorado 2017 is shaping up as an invaluable exploration of the growing role of solar energy in a changing political landscape. While solar energy continues its record-breaking growth nationally and in Colorado, the sector faces major uncertainties as the new political order takes shape in Washington D.C., and the conference will be one of the first major professional gatherings of the year to examine what lies ahead.
Denver, CO, November 9, 2016 — The three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission on November 9, 2017 gave oral approval to a landmark settlement between Xcel Energy and two dozen organizations that will provide progress on energy policy for years to come. The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), which played a key role last summer in negotiating the settlement across three separate dockets, praised the unanimous decision.
Denver, CO, June 2, 2016 – Members of the public will have a chance to be heard June 9 and 16 at hearings on new rates that will affect everyone who pays an electric bill to Xcel Energy. The utility’s proposal would send price signals that discourage energy conservation and rooftop solar energy.
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