PUC agrees to rehearing on solar gardens settlement

DENVER (May 4, 2016) — The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today granted a request for rehearing to take additional evidence on a proposed settlement regarding the acquisition of community solar gardens (CSGs) pursuant to Xcel Energy’s 2014-2016 Renewable Energy Standard (RES) compliance plan.

The PUC, a division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), agreed to a request by Xcel and three solar companies to re-open the record after rejecting an agreement addressing implementation of Xcel’s CSG program in March. The PUC ruled at that time that the proposed agreement was not in the public interest because it was inconsistent with certain statutes, PUC rules and previous decisions, and it was likely to raise the cost of renewable energy to customers.

In their joint request for rehearing, Xcel and the solar companies said they “understand that there are several fundamental ways in which the settling parties failed to address complicated legal and factual issues that were raised by the settlement,” adding that they believe the settlement provisions are in the public interest and consistent with Colorado law, “and regret that earlier pleadings did a poor job of demonstrating this.”

The PUC scheduled a rehearing on the matter for June 1.

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