What Colorado’s First-Ever Gas Infrastructure Plan Teaches Us About Gas Planning

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Mar 25, 2024 12:45:00 PM

Key Takeaways from Xcel’s First Gas Infrastructure Plan 1

In May 2023, Xcel Energy Colorado filed its inaugural Gas Infrastructure Plan (GIP). Not only was this a first for Colorado, but in a national regulatory landscape light on gas utility oversight, it was also among the first of its kind nationwide. With the gas industry facing unprecedented headwinds – and in light of changing policy, technology, and market conditions – states are looking for new tools to understand and evaluate gas infrastructure investments. Colorado is at the forefront of that change, with state, city, and county emissions reduction policies and programs layered on top of generous state and federal rebates and incentives for clean appliances. In addition, gas commodity and infrastructure costs are rising, and innovation and scale are happening in the cold-climate heating solutions marketplace. All of these beg the question: how do we align long-lived, ratepayer-funded utility infrastructure investments with these long-term trends while still providing for our energy needs in the near term?

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Colorado, Building Electrification, Building Decarbonization

States Take the Baton in Race to Improve Electric Transmission

Posted by Verna Mandez on Jun 6, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Blog States take the lead in supporting transmission build-out

This past weekend, President Biden signed a bill to raise the national debt ceiling that also included modest improvements in the permitting process for building clean energy projects. As part of the negotiation process, Congressional leaders considered policy changes to speed up the buildout of large-scale electric grid transmission, such as expanding transmission capacity between regions. Ultimately, and unfortunately, those reforms were not included in the bill.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Arizona, Transmission, California, Maryland, Colorado

A Green Light For Green Trucks: Colorado Enacts Advanced Clean Trucks Rule

Posted by Elizabeth Stears and Emilie Olson on May 1, 2023 3:00:00 PM

Blog Green Light for Green Trucks Colorado Enacts the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Colorado, Elizabeth Stears, Emilie Olson

Charging toward the EV transition. Part 2.

Posted by Elizabeth Stears on Jan 18, 2023 2:00:00 PM

Top Trends in EV Legislation 2

In our previous post, Charging toward the EV transition. Part 1. we covered the first three trends in EV legislation—looking back at 2022.

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Indiana, California, Missouri, Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, West Virginia, Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, Colorado

People are Talking about a Western Grid

Posted by Amisha Rai on Dec 15, 2022 2:06:25 PM

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As consumers face the electricity cost hikes and threats of blackouts that come with extreme weather conditions, it’s more important than ever to consider the potential benefits of a West-wide power grid. We already know that a Western regional transmission organization (RTO) could improve power system reliability, but a recent west-wide analysis conducted by Energy Strategies on behalf of AEE confirms that the region would also net major economic gains by establishing this kind of regional power grid. AEE also released three state-specific summaries showing that a Western RTO would generate huge economic benefits in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. And that got people talking. 

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Topics: Arizona, Western RTO, Colorado, Amisha Rai, New Mexico



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