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 …

A Potential Shift in Focus for Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard

Arizona’s Corporation Commission is considering the modernization and expansion of Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (Commission Docket No. E-00000Q-16-0289).  The current Chairman of the Commission, Doug Little, has suggested doubling the amount of power that Arizona utilities obtain from renewable sources from 15 percent to 30 percent by 2030.  On December 9, 2016, Commissioner …

Nevadans Overwhelmingly Give First-Round Approval to Deregulating the State’s Power Production

The Energy Choice Initiative, State Question No. 3, received close to three quarters of the votes cast on Tuesday.  The question on the ballot read: Shall Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the establishment of an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prohibits …

Arizona Public Service Company Rate Case Proposes Changes to Net Metering and Residential Demand Charge Implementation

On June 1, 2016, Arizona Public Service Company (“APS”) filed an application for a rate increase with the Arizona Corporation Commission (“ACC”).  APS is requesting an increase in base rate revenue of $165.9 million or 5.74% net of existing adjustor mechanisms.  APS also seeks to transfer to base rates $267.6 million that is currently collected …

EPA Issues Draft Rules for Design Details for Clean Energy Incentive Plan; Tribal Projects are Eligible

On June 30, the EPA issued its proposed rules for the design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Plan (CEIP), a component of the (now stayed) Clean Power Plan (CPP). Comments are due by August 29, 2016. Further information about the CEIP can be found on the EPA Clean Power Plan website and the National …

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 …

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 …