The 2019 legislative session resulted in the passage of a number of bills involving the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), including one reauthorizing the PUC for seven years while adding various requirements related to clean energy planning, energy impact bonds, and wholesale electric cooperative resource planning.
The PUC will conduct investigations, rulemakings, adjudicatory proceedings and other actions to implement the requirements of the various bills. From this page you can track the progress of the various legislative implementation projects.
Bill Description: Reauthorizes the Public Utilities Commission for seven years and adds various requirements related to clean energy planning, energy impact bonds, and wholesale electric cooperative resource planning.
- Electric rule amendments (19R-0096E)
As a result of changes in energy statutes in the 2019 legislative session, a supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) will be issued in this current proceeding. The supplemental NOPR will include proposed changes on utility renewable ownership, renewable energy credits, resource acquisition period, RESA and retail rate impact cap, ERP Phase II ownership considerations, best value employment metrics, net metering and small Qualifying Facilities, carbon emission goals, and changes to community solar gardens.
- Practice and Procedure rule amendments
A rulemaking proceeding will be opened to incorporate changes made in SB236, including rules for an electronic hearing process already in use by the Administrative Law Judges, updates to streamline the PUC’s formal complaint and show cause proceedings, and other housekeeping changes.
- Wholesale electric cooperative (Tri-State) Electric Resource Planning
The establishment of rules that require wholesale electric cooperatives to submit an integrated or electric resource plan for approval by the PUC.
- Distribution System Planning
The establishment of rules requiring the filing of a distribution system plan for “qualifying retail utilities.”
- Electric rate survey
The PUC will conduct a survey of electric public utility retail rates and consider recommendations that would result in rate relief in certificated electric utility territories. A report on the findings of the survey is due to legislative oversight committees by Feb. 1, 2021.
- Performance based regulation
The PUC will conduct an investigation into performance based ratemaking (PBR) to determine if a transition to PBR is beneficial to the state. A report on the findings of the investigation is due to legislative oversight committees by Nov. 30, 2020.
- Colorado Transmission Coordination Act
An investigation into the costs and benefits to electric utilities, other generators, and Colorado electric utility customers from electric utilities participating in energy imbalance markets, regional transmission organizations, power pools or joint tariffs.
- Rail civil penalties
A rulemaking proceeding will be opened to incorporate a civil penalty process and fine amounts for railroad companies found to be out of compliance with a PUC order or rule.
- Vehicle booting companies
The establishment of rules for the permitting of vehicle booting companies, including compliance with a background check, filing of workers’ compensation insurance coverage, disqualification requirements, and inspection requirements.
Bill Description: Establishes a process at the PUC whereby a public utility may undertake implementation of an electric motor vehicle infrastructure program within its certificated territory, and allows cost recovery.
Bill Description: Disqualifies an internet service provider (ISP) from receiving money through a grant from the Broadband Deployment Board, or through any state fund established to help finance broadband deployment, if the ISP engages in certain practices that interfere with an open internet.