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Decoupling and Demand Side Management in Colorado

January 29, 2015 by Zane Selvans

Decoupling and Management

Utility revenue decoupling is often seen as an enabling policy supporting “demand side management” (DSM) programs. DSM is a catch-all term for the things you can do behind the meter that reduce the amount of energy a utility needs to produce or the amount of capacity it needs to have available.[read more]

Worries About Consumers Cutting Utility Ties Are Overblown, Say Analysts

January 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Consumer Energy Choices

Many years ago, utilities awoke to a threat that an industry trade group warned might cause "major disruptions" to electricity supplies. Worries about the threat ran all the way up to the White House and Congress, where politicians predicted an unraveling of the electric system.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their Assets

August 2, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado filed a case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010. But there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.[read more]

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Want to Sustain Utilities? Decouple Profits from Revenues, Assign Costs Where they Belong and Enable Customers to Make Smarter Energy Choices

February 10, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Decoupling and Utility Profits

The challenge and opportunity to craft rules that can stop any utility ‘death spiral’ while enabling users to control their energy costs and clean up our air and water is staring us straight in the face. It’s only going to get more challenging, and more compelling with each passing year.[read more]