Consumer Advisory: Xcel Energy’s pending electric rate case

What consumers should know.

DENVER (April 27, 2016) – The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) advises consumers to take five minutes to understand upcoming proposed rate changes from Xcel Energy. 
 
WHAT
Last year, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved an increase to Xcel Energy’s electric rates. Xcel recently filed a companion case before the PUC to “divide up” that rate increase among its “classes” of customers, for example residential, small business, large business, etc.
 
WHAT IT MEANS
Xcel’s proposal determines how each group of customers will be charged for electricity in the future. A key aspect of this proposal is a new monthly fixed charge to your electric bills for “grid use.” A fixed charge is a charge on your bill that you pay regardless of how much electricity you use in any given month. In addition, the proposal includes modifications to the “per unit” cost of electricity used, which is a variable charge depending on the amount of electricity you use each month. The OCC encourages consumers to get informed about how these proposed changes may impact their monthly bill.   
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Members of the public may file public comments regarding utilities cases through the Public Utilities Commission:
Department of Regulatory Agencies
Public Utilities Commission
1560 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver, CO  80202 
 
In any form of correspondence, please include the specific proceeding or docket number (field located near the bottom of the online form): 16AL-0048E
Public Comment Hearings
 
At public hearings, anyone may speak on the case before the Administrative Law Judge. Such comments are transcribed by a court reporter and are part of the record of the case. Public hearings are scheduled as follows:
 
Thursday, June 9, 2016
4 p.m. and continuing until concluded, but in no event no later than 6 p.m.
Public Utilities Commission Hearing Room
1560 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80202
 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
4 p.m. and continuing until concluded, but in no later than 6 p.m.
City Auditorium
250 North Fifth Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
In the comment section, please express your views on Xcel’s proposed new rates. This is your opportunity provide input to the PUC on how you will be charged for electricity in the future. 

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The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), a division within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), represents residential, small business, and agricultural utility consumers as a class in electric and natural gas proceedings before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The OCC does not regulate; it advises and advocates on behalf of consumers. The OCC helps consumers by lowering or eliminating proposed utility rate increases and by ensuring that utility rates, regulations and policies are more equitable for residential, small business, and agricultural consumers.

DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855/toll free 1-800-886-7675.