Colorado utilities take step into energy markets as they evaluate what’s to come

Energy news | March 23, 2020

As Xcel Energy prepares to join California’s imbalance market, other utilities in the state have looked east instead. Like the Continental Divide that splits Colorado waters into those flowing toward the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, the state’s electrical utilities have decided to go either east or west to take advantage of new or growing energy markets. But will this new seam in energy imbalance markets remain as utilities seek even greater benefits of a regional transmission organization? The questions percolated in filings submitted by 25 organizations to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission late last year. The comments were a response to a legislative mandate for the commission to study how markets could aid the state in achieving its goals of deeply decarbonizing electrical and other sectors of the economy. But the ultimate answer of what electricity markets look like in Colorado will also depend upon what lawmakers in California decide. But first some explaining.

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Photovoltaics and distributed solar generation have redefined expectations, reduced costs, and rocked the century-old utility business model. Solar costs have dropped nearly 50%1 in just the past few years and customer options are no longer limited to only a few types of onsite systems. Today, customers can access a broad range of solar solutions, including. In a business environment focused relentlessly on reducing operating costs, these new opportunities allow businesses to develop renewable energy portfolios with a unique ability to address volatile energy costs. Solar power can be a central asset in these portfolios. While these are sophisticated solutions, the right solar partner can help organizations to evaluate the different options and effectively build a solar energy portfolio that achieves sustainability goals and lowers overall energy costs.

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Tigo Energy Inc. | November 18, 2021

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