The utility commissioners were engaging in an exercise of what-ifs. They regulate Xcel, which is responsible for more than 60% of the state’s electrical sales, and Black Hills Energy, also an investor-owned utility. Periodically, those utilities must submit plans to show how they intend to meet demands. Part of the dance between regulators and utilities is creation of models that seek to depict future trends.
Engineers, by their nature, are generally not optimistic or enthusiastic about, well, much of anything. When Chuck Booten, a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, was […]
In the interest of transparency: Empowering Colorado is a media sponsor of the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium. As President Joe Biden’s administration pushes to supercharge the nation toward a […]