PUC to take public comment on Xcel Energy advanced grid plan

 

DENVER (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will take public comment in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 28 on Xcel Energy’s application seeking approval of three components of an advanced electric distribution grid. The public comment hearing will be 4-6 p.m. at the PUC, 1560 Broadway, Suite 250.

The proposal, known as Advanced Grid Intelligence and Security (AGIS), will “improve power reliability, allow for better integration of distributed generation on to the electric grid, and provide customers with more information to control and track their energy usage,” according to the company.

Xcel is seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to install advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for all its Colorado electric customers; a new technology called Integrated Volt Var Optimization (IVVO) to allow customers’ appliances to run more efficiently; and associated components of an advanced communications network known as the Field Area Network (FAN).

The company is proposing to begin implementation of the AGIS projects in 2017 and complete them by 2022. The total estimated cost of the proposal is approximately $562 million. Xcel did not propose a cost recovery mechanism with the application. Instead, it proposes periodic reports to the PUC to facilitate the review of costs in subsequent rate proceedings.

Members of the public who are unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments about the proposal by mail, email (dora_puc_complaints@state.co.us), or by using the PUC’s on-line comment form at www.colorado.gov/dora/puc. Written comments should include the docket number, 16A-0588E, and be received by April 6.

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