PUC Appeal Process Makes 2011 Colorado Solar Gardens a Possibility
Attention all citizens groups, community energy coordinators, and solar integrators! Gather your subscribers now and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you move your project forward in the next few weeks. We will let everyone know as soon as we get final application forms from XCEL.
On November 1, 2011 the Colorado PUC issued a decision on the appeals (RRR) process for the solar gardens docket. This means that XCEL has the green light to start the application process for solar gardens as soon as the current month.
Contrary to Public Service's concern about a delay, nothing in the Commission's rules precludes the utility from submitting an application for a pilot CSG project in order to meet the legislative intent of beginning the program in 2011.
Potential subscribers have been waiting, and waiting, to see what the final program rules will be so they can make a decision. Now, there may be a very narrow window before the program.
This is contingent on a settlement decision in XCEL's Compliance Plan docket - currently being made behind closed doors by heavily lawyered parties. Let me say once again the Colorado PUC is deeply in need of reform to allow citizens their constitutional right to due process, and to better serve the public by having the sort of reasonable deadlines we are familiar with in the private sector.