Today, more than one hundred Colorado solar energy workers, customers, and supporters gathered on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to show support for solar energy growth. The event took place before the first Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing on Xcel’s proposal to restructure electricity rates. At the event and hearing, Coloradans expressed concern that Xcel’s proposal to levy confusing fees on all residential customers will reduce consumer energy choice and put local jobs at risk.
“Right now, Colorado is a top ten state for solar jobs, and people are moving here specifically to work in the solar industry,” saidLauren Randall, Senior Manager of Public Policy for Sunrun. “Xcel’s confusing proposal would stifle that momentum.”
In recent years, Colorado has positioned itself as a clean energy leader and innovation powerhouse. Last August, after nearly two years of discussions, Governor Hickenlooper’s appointed PUC decided to maintain the state’s solar net metering policy. Net metering enables the right to self generation and fair credit for power sent to neighbors, and is fundamental to successful solar markets in 42 states across the country.