Last month, Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) filed a rate case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Docket: 14AL-0660E). A lot of the case — the part that’s gotten most of the press — is about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act (CACJA) of 2010. However, there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications. Way down deep in the last piece of direct testimony, PSCo witness Scott B. Brockett:
…provides support and recommendations regarding the initiation of a decoupling mechanism for residential and small commercial customers.
This recommendation has captivated all of us here at CEA because it could open the door to Xcel adopting a radically different business model, and becoming much more of an energy services utility (PDF), fit for the 21st century.
To explain why, we’re going to have to delve a ways into the weeds of the energy wonkosphere.
Continue reading Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their… Assets
Zane Selvans, Research Director, Clean Energy Action
January 27th, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Harry’s @ Vine Street Pub
1700 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206
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Join CEA at Vine Street Pub in Denver for drinks, discussion and some live music from 6:30 to 9pm, Monday January 27th.
We’ll reintroduce the Utility Death Spiral, and talk about why century-old centralized monopoly utilities are failing to meet the challenge of climate change. We’ll also explore how utilities need to evolve if they’re going to successfully integrate efficiency, distributed generation, and demand side resources dispatched over a much smarter grid. Utilities are terrified of cheap distributed solar power, because it is poised to disrupt their century old monopoly business model. Come find out why the old way of generating electricity isn’t going to serve us well in the 21st century, and what might lie ahead.
And then, we’ll just hang out and continue the discussion face to face, with some local live music to set the mood.
A rough program:
6:30 – 7:00pm — Set-up and Mingling. Get a drink.
7:00 – 7:30pm — Short presentation by CEA’s Research Director, Zane Selvans.
7:30 – 8:00pm — Q&A and structured discussion
8:00 – 9:00pm — Free form socializing and discussion. (And maybe another drink…)
If you want to get the most out of the evening, we highly recommend Utilities for Dummies, a blog post series by our friend Dave Roberts at Grist.
Please register through Eventbrite here. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and we need an accurate count of the number of people attending.Hope to see you there!