AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2018
John Hickenlooper (Dem.)Governor
Joe Garcia (Dem.)Lieutenant Governor:
Cynthia Coffman (Rep.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2018Session Dates: 01/13/16-05/11/16
Term: 4 year
President: Bill Cadman
President Pro Tempore: Ellen Roberts
Senate Majority Leader: Mark Scheffel
Senate Minority Leader: Lucia Guzman
Senate Member Breakdown
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Dan Pabon
Majority Leader: Crisanta Duran
Minority Leader: Brian DelGrosso
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Colorado Public Utilities Commission Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment, Senate confirmation: 4 year termChairperson: Appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor: Indefinite year term
Joshua Epel (D), ChairAppointed Chairman by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2011; term expires in 2019
Frances Koncilja (D), Commissioner Appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2016; term expires in 2020
Glenn Vaad (R), Commissioner Appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2013; term expires in 2017
Atmos Energy and SourceGas offer incentives for CHP in their Demand Side Management Programs.
In 2007, then Governor Bill Ritter released Colorado Climate Action Plan: A Strategy to Address Global Warming.
The plan identified three key roles for state government including enacting “bridge strategies” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, providing leadership to ensure renewable energy and clean-coal technologies are fully developed and implemented and preparing the state to adapt to climate changes that cannot be avoided.
With respect to natural gas, the plan outlined that the Departments of Natural Resources and Public Health and Environment should work with the oil and gas sector to reduce methane leakage by expanding the use of proven emission reduction practices and encouraging the development of new technologies that both reduce emissions and save money.
Under the current leadership of now Governor John Hickenlooper, the state is currently undertaking a rulemaking effort to establish methane emissions standards for natural gas production.
Though the plan was meant to be a living document and continuously updated, an updated version has not yet been issued.
Colorado enacted legislation in 2007 (House Bill 07-1037) requiring the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to establish energy savings goals for gas and electric utilities and to give investor-owned utilities a financial incentive for implementing cost-effective efficiency programs. This legislation also created an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).
For investor-owned natural gas utilities, the EERS legislation structured the requirement in two parts. First, the natural gas Investor owned utilities must set demand-side management spending targets of more than 0.5% of revenues from customers in the prior year. Energy savings targets are then established by PUC commensurate with spending and stated in terms of quantity of gas saved per dollar of efficiency program spending.
On March 13, 2008, the PUC adopted final rules regarding natural gas demand-side management pursuant to the direction House Bill 07-1037. (Docket No, C08-02-0248)
In 2013, the Colorado PUC began a process to revisit certain aspects of the goals and incentive mechanisms for Public Service Company of Colorado.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved the Extra Construction Allowance in August 2008, with an effective date of September 1, 2008 in SourceGas Distribution’s rate case in Docket No. 08S-108G. Since the time of its adoption, the Extra Construction Allowance has helped new customers bear the cost of main extensions and service line installations made on their behalf. Expanded in 2013, The current Extra Construction Allowance works by advancing to participants up to $4,805 of costs over the amount that is provided to eligible customers through the Company’s Regular Construction Allowance and Additional Regular Construction Allowance and spreading the repayment obligation associated with that advance for up to 15 years through a $50 per month payment added to their natural gas bill. SourceGas is also able to offer on bill financing of gas appliances.
In September 2011, Public Service Company of Colorado received approval from the Colorado PUC to implement a pipeline system integrity adjustment tracker to recover costs associated with reliability improvements and compliance with certain federal safety regulations.
In its March 2015 rate filing, Xcel Energy requested (in addition to its base rate increase) a cumulative increase of $42.9 million attributable to the extension and modification of the pipeline system integrity adjustment, spread out over three years. This mechanism was extended through 2018 on January 27, 2016.
On September 23, 2015, Atmos Energy filed a settlement signed by Commission Staff, the Office of Consumer Counsel, and Energy Outreach Colorado in with the Public Utilities Commission of Colorado in which the settling parties agreed to allow Atmos to separately recover system safety integrity costs through a System Safety and Integrity Rider (SSIR).
Projects eligible for recovery through the SSIR will include high and moderate risk integrity projects that are (a) identified by the Company and approved on a preliminary basis by the Commission based on filing made on or before February 1, 2016 (for 2016 Projects) and on or before each November 1 thereafter (for 2017 and beyond Projects), (b) implemented in consultation with the Staff of the Commission and the Office of Consumer Counsel, and (c) ultimately approved for inclusion in the SSIR by the Commission through a filing made on or before February 1, 2016 (for 2016 Projects) and each November 1 thereafter (for 2017 and beyond Projects). Such SSIR Projects shall be consistent with the Company’s compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, 49 CFR Part 192, final rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that become effective on or after the effective date of the SSIR.
The SSIR will be implemented for an initial three year term, from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2018, and will recover capital investments made between September 1, 2015, and December 31, 2018, that are associated with integrity projects. Atmos will have the right to seek an extension of the initial three-year term in a future filing. This proposal was approved on November 4, 2015.
Integrys Energy Group subsidiary Trillium CNG owns and operates a station in Windsor.
Through its subsidiary, Questar Fueling Co, Questar Corp. gas built a CNG station in Denver.
Colorado had a pilot decoupling mechanism in July of 2007 for Public Service of Colorado. The mechanism expired in 2011 and has not been renewed.