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Strange bedfellows battery bill puts Xcel on notice

Author: John Tomasic - February 17, 2017 - Updated: February 19, 2017

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The state Senate business committee last week voted to kill Sen. Steve Fenberg’s home energy storage bill, but not until after a series of witnesses that included rate-payers, energy-industry entrepreneurs, government engineers, lawyers, environmentalists and a libertarian free-market think tank firebrand testified in support of the bill and fielded questions over the course of hours from genuinely interested committee members. Fenberg’s Senate Bill 89 died, but it got the attention of Xcel Energy, Colorado’s main electric power utility, and a lot of energy industry watchers inside and outside of the Capitol, including the state’s Public Utility Commission regulators.

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John Tomasic

John Tomasic

John Tomasic is a senior political reporter for The Colorado Statesman covering the Colorado Legislature.