On November 8, 2012, the Commission met to conclude the Phase I hearing in this docket. Chairman Epel, after thanking the parties, reflected back to the start of the proceedings and said he now recognized that the Commission had the “responsibility” of developing an Energy Resource Plan (“ERP”) “in the best interests of Colorado.”
In particular, the Chairman emphasized Section 123
as an issue that was “really important.”
Chairman Epel stated his opinion that Section 123 is “a statutory imperative [a]nd critical for this ERP.”
In December 2012, the Commission stated in the Phase I Order that it is “committed, however, to the consideration of the acquisition of Section 123 resources in this ERP…”
PSCO, in its Preferred Portfolio, has recommended that
Section 123 resources be acquired in this ERP.
SolarReserve files these comments to highlight how and where it thinks PSCO reached an erroneous conclusion and to urge the Commission to exercise its planning responsibility in a manner that includes Section 123 resources in this ERP. In 2007, with the support and advocacy of PSCO, the Commission approved a Colorado Resource Plan (“CRP”) with an acquisition requirement between 200 and 600 MW of solar
Transcript of Evidentiary Hearing, Docket 11A-869E, Chairman Epel, at 102:6-8.
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 40-2-123(1)(a) (West 2012) (“The commission shall give the fullest possible consideration to the cost-effective implementation of new clean energy and energy-efficient technologies in its consideration of generation acquisitions for electric utilities, bearing in mind the beneficial contributions such technologies make to Colorado’s energy security, economic prosperity, environmental protection and insulation from fuel price increases. The commission shall consider utility investments in energy efficiency to be an acceptable use of ratepayer moneys.”)
Transcript of Evidentiary Hearing, Docket 11A-869E, Chairman Epel, at 102:20-22.
. at 102:24-25.
Decision No. C13-0094, Phase I Decision (December 18, 2012) at ¶ 99.
Public Service Company of Colorado, 2013 All Source Solicitation 120 Day Report, 2011 Electric Resource Plan, Docket 11A-869E (Public Version), hereinafter “120 Day Report” (September 9, 2013), 10-14.