Zondits previously reported on Xcel Energy’s claim that efficiency programs in Colorado have already picked the low hanging fruit. Recently, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued new targets and rules for Xcel’s efficiency programs. The PUC voted on a reduced savings target for the utility of 400 GWh between 2015 and 2020. Although this goal is lower than the current cycle’s target, it is still higher than what Xcel proposed. Despite the lowered targets, Xcel’s programs will hopefully continue to delve deeper into savings.
PUC cuts Xcel efficiency targets, makes it tougher to get bonusesThe Denver Post, May 29, 2014
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission Wednesday trimmed the energy-efficiency targets Xcel Energy must hit and tightened the requirements the utility must meet to get a bonus.
Efficiency programs “have to be a benefit to the ratepayer, not a cost to the ratepayer,” commissioner Glenn Vaad said.
Xcel, Colorado’s largest electricity provider, had sought to reduce the current energy-efficiency target, contending that it was getting harder and more costly to achieve cuts.
“As someone who has an orchard, I know there is low-hanging fruit every year and the higher hanging fruit, as long as you can get it cost-effectively, is better tasting,” commissioner Pam Patton said.