Xcel Energy Drops Proposed Rate Increase For Solar Customers


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.’

SOURCE: Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association

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