Pueblo Hits Turn Signal for Black Hills Off-Ramp

By a resounding seven to zero vote, the City Council in Pueblo, Colorado recently passed a resolution to explore if and how the city could extricate itself from its franchise agreement with Black Hills Energy (BHE), clearing the way for the city to pursue creation of a municipal utility. The South Dakota-based BHE signed the …

Energy Legislation in the 2017 Colorado General Assembly

The First Regular Session of the Seventy-First General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 10th, wrapping up 120 days of work for the people of Colorado. The session was primarily dominated by two big issues: budget and transportation. After years of debate, legislators reached a compromise on the infamous hospital provider fee. By moving the …

Chevron Deference in Arizona?

In Arizona, like in Washington, a debate is unfolding about how courts should determine “questions of law”, and whether an agency’s construction of statutes is entitled to deference by the courts.  Some refer to this deference as Chevron Deference, stemming from a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The recent confirmation proceedings of Justice Neil Gorsuch triggered a spirited debate among policy makers and opinion writers about whether an agency’s reading of its statutes should be given any weight …

The 2016 Election Is (Finally) Over. Now What?

If you have watched television in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a pleasant lack of campaign advertisements during your favorite shows.  Whether pleased or disappointed with the outcome, it is time to start thinking about what the 2016 election means for Colorado going forward.  Below, we outline the results of the election …

An Investment in 100 MW of Large-Scale Solar Would Save Nevada Ratepayers $38 Million over a Comparable Investment in Rooftop Solar

While most industry insiders have long understood that utility-scale solar is more economical than rooftop solar, Nevada lacked hard data to support the notion.  To remedy the deficiency, the state’s Public Utilities Commission ordered northern Nevada’s electric utility, Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy, to conduct a comparative analysis of the costs and benefits …

FAA Releases Final Drone Rules Clearing the Way for Expanded Utility and Energy Company Uses

In what might be considered record-setting time for a major federal rulemaking, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the final rules under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations governing the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for commercial purposes. For operations that can be performed within the parameters of Part 107, …

Colorado Energy Legislation 2016: the General Assembly Adjourned, but Was It All Bark and No Bite?

The Second Regular Session of the Seventieth Colorado General Assembly adjourned on May 11, 2016. Legislators introduced 685 bills this year, though just under half (309) passed both chambers. Most of those successful bills were bipartisan and enjoyed broad support. But, because it is an election year, we saw many pieces of legislation intended to …