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
Thanks to all those who came out to protect the environmental and economic benefits of demand side management!
We have won a strategic victory. The PUC staff have recommended a rejection of Xcel’s plan to slash the program:
Though the demand-side management (DSM) landscape in Colorado is changing, Public Service Company of Colorado’s (Public Service or the Company) DSM plans continue to be cost effective and DSM should continue to be aggressively pursued. –DSM Strategic Issues – Trial Staff’s Statement of Position
Thanks again to everyone who showed up, shared their voice and passion to this important cause.
Stand up Against Xcel’s Proposal to Cut the
Demand Side Management Program
Tuesday, May 6th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lincoln Park, Veterans Memorial
Xcel is proposing to drastically cut their funding for their Demand Side Management (DSM) program. This program has been highly effective at deploying cost effective energy efficiency and load-shifting techniques to reduce our demand for fossil fuels.
Join us to put pressure on the PUC to not allow Xcel to defund this critical program. Jonny 5 from the Flobots will be MC’ing and providing musical entertainment!
See here a full explanation of the DSM program and Xcel’s current proposal.
This rally is a collaboration between Clean Energy Action, The Sierra Club, Frack Free Colorado, and others.