Driving the shift to renewables in Colorado

May 18, 2020 by Allen Best Legislative mandates, plunging costs, but also consumer demand push shift The rapid shift to renewables has three, and perhaps four powerful guiding forces. First were the legislative mandates to decarbonize electrical supplies. Colorado in 2019 set targets of 50% reduction economy wide by 2030 and 90% by 2040. New Mexico, a second state where Tri-State operates, …

Tri-State Chooses the Low-Carbon Path: How a Rural Cooperative Utility Arrived at an Actionable Plan to Transition to Clean Energy

May 6, 2020  |  By RMI Katie Siegner and Mark Dyson Download RMI’s case study of the Tri-State Responsible Energy Plan The transition to clean energy has a new champion: rural electric co-ops. At the close of the last decade, a growing number of distribution co-ops––as well as a few larger generation and transmission (G&T) co-ops––had set clean energy targets and carbon …

Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power and Local Ownership and Returns in Pueblo, Colo

BY MARIE DONAHUE AND JOHN FARRELL | 29 AUG 2018  Podcast (localenergyrules): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS A growing number of U.S. cities have set goals to generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming decades, each with its own unique circumstances and motivations. Pueblo, a small city of just over 100,000 residents located in southeastern Colorado, is one of these …

Energy & Data – Benefits of Rural Electric Cooperatives as Broadband Providers

October 21, 2019 Conor May Article link For years, lack of access to modern infrastructure threatened to leave rural communities across the United States behind in the race for economic development. The large investor-owned companies that were responsible for deploying the necessities of modern economic life to cities and densely-populated areas proved reluctant to make significant investments outside population centers. Lower population …

1% of American households experienced utility shutoffs in last 3 months, before COVID. The average water utility disconnects water for 5% of households in a year for non-payment, affecting about 15% of Americans. Nearly 25% of households do not have internet at home.

April 13, 2020 byCommon Dreams Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say “It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”by Julia Conley, staff writer More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief …

Nationalizing the Power Industry Isn’t Radical: The US has a long history of nationalizing in times of crisis. The publicly owned clean power proposal is actually pretty tame.

By KATE ARONOFF, March 2, 2020, in The New Republic Whether Sanders’s platform really calls for taking over “major parts” of the economy is up for debate. In the 1970s, Sanders talked favorably about “public ownership of utilities, banks, and major industries,” and he urged President Richard Nixon to “give serious thought” to nationalizing oil companies during the 1973 oil crisis. That’s a …

Coal collapse continues

Sept 2019, Clean Technica The news on reductions in coal-burning in Europe is getting better all the time. Coal generation in the European Union (EU) fell by 19% in the first half of 2019, with decreases in almost every coal-burning country. The coal collapse, long forecast, is finally beginning to take shape. Half of coal’s fall was replaced by wind …

Advances in Performance Based Utility Rate Design + Xcel dockets

19M-0670E – Distribution System Planning (filing comments on Monday, 2/3) 19M-0661EG – Investigation of Performance-Based Ratemaking (awaiting the second phase) 19R-0608E – NOPR for Amendments to Community Solar Gardens Rules 19R-0654E – Amendments to Electric Rules Relating to Interconnection 19A-0471E – Investment in EV Fleet Infrastructure We’re also awaiting a decision on the following: 19A-0369E – Renewable Energy Standard Compliance …