Environmental Justice Coalition Scores Big Renewable Energy Win from Colorado PUC
More Coloradans will have access to clean energy thanks to a recent settlement approved by regulators between Xcel Energy and an Environmental Justice Coalition.
The advocates fought for more renewable energy options for low and moderate income Coloradans as part of the 2022-25 Renewable Energy Plan which provides a roadmap for the utility’s plans in the next few years. The Public Utilities Commission recently approved the plan, which is expected to nearly double the amount of renewable energy in the state in the next few years.
Advocates have long argued that low and moderate income customers don’t get their fair share of benefits from renewable energy. Under the agreement, $32.8 million will go to programs and incentives for income-qualified customers and communities most harmed by fossil fuels. The funds will ensure lower costs for solar installation, expanded access to community solar projects, battery storage opportunities and added community engagement and education.
The Environmental Justice Coalition consists of Vote Solar, GRID Alternatives, Cultivando, Colorado Latino Forum, GreenLatinos, Womxn from the Mountain, NAACP Denver, and Mothers Out Front–and is represented by Earthjustice.