In response to widespread public opposition, the Public Service Company of Colorado (a division as Xcel Energy) has dropped its proposed net-meter tariff to solar customers.
The proposal went before the Public Utilities Commission on May 1 and included a new charge that would penalize solar customers, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA) says. CoSEIA, its members, existing and future solar customers, local leaders and partner groups mounted a grassroots campaign against the rate increase.
‘I agree with Xcel's recommendation that the issue be addressed through a roundtable workshop-type process,’ says Beth Hart, executive director of CoSEIA. ‘We are looking for what is fair and equitable – something all energy consumers can understand, something that will credit the conservationist and not create division.’