Where: Independence Institute – 727 E. 16th Ave. Denver, CO 80203
Please join Clean Energy Action for the first-ever Microgrid Summit on November 8th! Independence Institute Energy and Environmental Policy Center and Clean Energy Action are combining forces to shed light on the increasingly important topic of Microgrids.
Microgrids, which allow individuals and businesses to share the electricity they generate, are a growing global trend in electricity generation and distribution. Join us and our lineup of microgrid experts as we explore this interesting, alternative option to our current centralized grid. Our speakers will discuss everything from what a microgrid is to their wide appeal across the political spectrum as well as what obstacles face Coloradans who may want to invest.
In late August 2017, Xcel-Colorado (Public Service Company of Colorado or “PSCo”) submitted a plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) which it named the Colorado Energy Plan or “CEP.” The Colorado Energy Plan was submitted to the PUC as a “Stipulation” in Docket 16A-0396E and the CEP is sometimes referred to as “The Stipulation.” While Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan includes moving up the retirement date for two coal plants—Comanche 1 and 2 in Pueblo, Colorado—the Plan also contains a number of adverse provisions including:
Reducing Xcel’s Renewable Energy Standard Adjustment which is supposed to be used to support renewable energy additions and using the “head room” created by that reduction to pay off the undepreciated portion of Comanche 1 and 2.
Paying Xcel their full level of profit (known as “return at the WACC” or Weighted Average Cost of Capital of about 7 %) on the now stranded coal plants.
Establishing ownership targets for Xcel ownership of replacement generation, potentially reducing the competitive nature of Colorado’s energy market.
Including natural gas in the replacement generation and potentially constraining the analysis of the over 50,000 MW of very cost-effective wind, solar and storage bids that Xcel received in November 2018. The CEP would consider adding about 2000 MW of wind and solar to Xcel’s Colorado system, leaving over 90% of the wind, solar and storage bids “on the table.”
In addition, Clean Energy Action hosted several trainings on the CEP/Stipulation in late January 2018 and numerous citizens that attended the trainings testified at the Colorado PUC on February 1, 2018 in Docket 16A-0396E. Many citizens pointed out that Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan “deal” was not as good a “deal” as Xcel wanted the Commission to believe it was.
On Wednesday March 14, 2018 the Colorado PUC allowed Xcel to bring forth a plan that retires Comanche 1 and 2 early, but did not accept many other parts of the Colorado Energy Plan “Stipulation.” The decision is here.
Unfortunately the Colorado PUC did not specify that Xcel should develop a plan that no longer uses “must-run” requirements for Xcel’s Colorado coal plants, but it did require a “least-cost” modeling run which should begin to show the vast potential for lowering utility costs by incorporating low-cost wind, solar and storage onto Xcel’s Colorado system. Importantly, the sensitivity runs with lower discount rates should show even greater savings from adding wind, solar and storage resources. The modeling report is expected in late April 2018.
The mission of Clean Energy Action is to “accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world,” and we are strong supporters of retiring coal and natural gas plants, but we will also advocate for a “just transition” that does not unduly burden utility ratepayers. The Colorado Energy Plan, while containing some admirable proposals, transfers too much accountability for stranded fossil fuel assets from Xcel to its customers.
Author, entrepreneur, Stanford educator, international thought leader on disruptive change in energy systems, and recipient of the Clean Energy Action 2017 Sunshine Award:
“The clean disruption will flip the architecture of energy and bring abundant, cheap and participatory energy. Just like those previous technology disruptions, the clean disruption is inevitable and it will be swift.”
The evening will be in two parts, with Mr. Seba’s presentation preceded by a soiree.
6/8/17 5:30-7:30: Soiree at the CU Natural History Museum,
located in the Henderson Building
6/8/17 8:00-9:30: Keynote Address by Mr. Seba in the Glenn
Miller Ballroom, located in the UMC
Please email us with any questions or to obtain more information For location specifics, see the University of Colorado Campus Map
The United States is rapidly approaching the end of economically recoverable coal reserves and Clean Energy Action wants everyone to know it. On November 1st, 2013, Clean Energy Action launched a crowdfund through Indiegogo that will raise money to share our latest coal report, “Warning: Faulty Reporting on U.S. Coal Reserves,” with everyone throughout the United States and many throughout the world. Similar reports on coal reserves have been found to cost $15,000 dollars per copy, so we are working to raise $45,000, the price for three copies, to make this information free and open to the public.
Clean Energy Action’s hard-hitting coal report will reveal to the press, government agencies, organizations, research and financial institutions, and citizens the rough economic change this nation faces if it continues to be powered by expensive coal.
Please consider donating to our crowdfund and sharing it with all of your coworkers, friends, and colleagues. We need to end our dependence on coal now, and you can be a part in the movement towards a safe, clean, renewable energy future.
Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy