Update 9/16: SAVE THE DATE 11-20-14! The Public Utilities Commission (“COPUC”) has set a public hearing for November 20, 2014. Clean Energy Action will be training folks on how to engage prior to that date.
Update 8/28: Clean Energy Action has been granted permissive intervention! We are the only party to have ever been granted intervention status with an express position of moving toward a zero carbon economy. As a party to this proceeding, we will now be able to develop a Statement of Position preceded by filing Discovery Questions, Answer Testimony and informing the public about the intricacies of the proceeding. Stay Tuned here for further updates.
Update 8/5: Clean Energy Action has filed a Motion Requesting Permissive Intervention in the rate case. We expressed our reasons for filing as mitigating climate change and rapidly moving to a zero carbon economy.
Update 7/9: Public Utilities Commission staff filed a request for a hearing on June 26th. The Commissioners granted that request today. Any petitions to intervene must be submitted by August 11th. The hearing is set for December 2nd through December 5th, with a final ruling expected by February 13th, 2015.
On June 17th, Xcel Energy submitted a request to the Public Utilities Commission asking for a rate increase of $157 million annual increase. That could mean a 5.3% monthly increase for the average consumer.
Unlike almost everybody on earth, we are keeping an eye on Xcel and the PUC. Xcel’s testimony alone is over 2,241 pages. Believe it or not, those 2,241 pages are just the tip of the iceberg. Clean Energy Action is digging deeper to uncover the implications that this rate case could have on the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
If Xcel wins, this would add $3.96 to every customer’s bill every month. Instead of paying that to Xcel, consider a monthly recurring donation to help us move them into the utility model of the 21st century.
Xcel is proposing some significant changes to their rate structure, including a proposal for decoupling, large capital investments from the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act, and restructuring the depreciation of their fossil fuel assets.