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I_EnergyRev_2019A 07/29/2019 08:40:00 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
INTERIM COMMITTEE  ENERGY LEGISLATION REVIEW INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE
Date 07/29/2019
Attendance
Garcia X
Humphrey X
Jackson X
Jaquez Lewis X
Scott X
Will X
Winter E
Woodward X
Foote X
Hansen X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 08:40:00 AM to 03:36:00 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Hansen
This Report was prepared by Erin Reynolds
Hearing Items Action Taken
Opening Remarks Committee Discussion Only
Colorado Energy Office Committee Discussion Only
Southwest Power Pool Committee Discussion Only
California Independent System Operator Committee Discussion Only
Platte River Power Authority Committee Discussion Only
Edison Electric Institute Committee Discussion Only
Black Hills Energy Committee Discussion Only
Rocky Mountain Institute Committee Discussion Only
United Power Committee Discussion Only
Public Utilities Commission Committee Discussion Only
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Committee Discussion Only
Xcel Energy Committee Discussion Only
Colorado Energy Consumers Committee Discussion Only

Opening Remarks - Committee Discussion Only


08:40:30 AM  

Representative Hansen, committee chair, discussed the committee's purpose and the day's agenda.

08:42:10 AM  

Erin Reynolds, Legislative Council Staff, discussed committee logistics, planned meetings and travel for the interim.

08:45:00 AM  

Jennifer Berman, Office of Legislative Legal Services, discussed bill drafting and deadline information for interim committee bills.  She provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A).



Colorado Energy Office - Committee Discussion Only


08:50:10 AM  

Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office, discussed the state's strategies to address climate change.  He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment B).

09:05:00 AM  

Keith Hay, Director of Utility Policy, Colorado Energy Office, responded to questions from the committee.

09:07:00 AM  

Mr. Toor responded to questions from the committee regarding the impact on consumers in a transition to cleaner utilities.

09:12:00 AM  

Mr. Toor continued to respond to questions from the committee and discussed plans for the reduction of greenhouse gases.



Southwest Power Pool - Committee Discussion Only


09:18:10 AM  

Mike Ross, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Relations, Southwest Power Pool (SPP), discussed SPP's operations and coordination between partner utilities (Attachment C).

09:30:00 AM  

David Kelley, Director of Seams and Market Design, discussed SPP expansion into other western states, including Colorado.

09:39:00 AM  

Mr. Kelley and Mr. Ross responded to questions from the committee.



California Independent System Operator - Committee Discussion Only


09:51:00 AM  

Stacey Crowley, Vice President for External and Customer Affairs, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), discussed the activities of CAISO and the opportunities for working in Colorado.  She provided a handout to the committee (Attachment D).

10:17:00 AM  

Ms. Crowley responded to questions from the committee.



Platte River Power Authority - Committee Discussion Only


10:22:10 AM  

Jason Frisbie, Chief Executive Officer, Platte River Power Authority, discussed the makeup of the Authority and its market share in western Colorado.  He provided two handouts to the committee (Attachments E, F, and G ).

10:32:00 AM  

Mr. Frisbie responded to questions from the committee regarding Platte River's experience transitioning to renewable energy sources.



Edison Electric Institute - Committee Discussion Only


10:37:10 AM  

Emily Fisher, General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute, discussed the role of electric companies in generating clean energy and the trend toward carbon-free electricity generation.  She provided a handout to the committee (Attachment H).

10:55:00 AM  

Ms. Fisher responded to questions from the committee regarding continued expansion of carbon-free energy development and the security of utility systems.



Black Hills Energy - Committee Discussion Only


11:05:10 AM  

Vance Crocker, Vice President, Black Hills Energy, discussed the role of small rural electricity providers in local economic development.  He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment I ).

11:19:06 AM  

Mr. Crocker responded to questions from the committee regarding utility rate increases in the Pueblo area.  Mike Harrington, Black Hills Energy, also responded to quesitons from the committee.



Rocky Mountain Institute - Committee Discussion Only


11:38:10 AM  

Mark Dyson, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute, discussed the Institute's work on clean energy production (Attachment J).

11:57:20 AM  

Mr. Dyson responded to questions from the committee.



United Power - Committee Discussion Only


12:03:00 PM  

Dean Hubbuck, Director of Power Supply and Rates, United Power (UP), explained that United Power is a distributor and does not generate its own power.  Mr. Hubbuck discussed various partnerships and UP's efforts to expand metered rooftop solar power.

12:15:00 PM  

The committee recessed.



01:33:55 PM

The committee reconvened.



Public Utilities Commission - Committee Discussion Only


01:34:57 PM  

Jeff Ackermann, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), presented to the committee.



01:46:01 PM

Frances Koncilja, PUC Commissioner, presented to the committee regarding the electricity marketplace and distributed a handout (Attachment K).



01:56:09 PM

John Gavin, PUC Commissioner, presented to the committee on renewables technology.



02:10:30 PM

The commissioners responded to questions from the committee.



Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association - Committee Discussion Only


02:33:02 PM  

Duane Highley, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, presented to the committee regarding electricity grids (Attachment L).

02:43:29 PM  

Mr. Highley responded to questions from the committee.



Xcel Energy - Committee Discussion Only


03:01:09 PM  

Brooke Trammell, Regional Vice President for Rates and Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy, presented to the committee regarding renewables implementation.

03:08:39 PM  

Ms. Trammell responded to questions from the committee.



Colorado Energy Consumers - Committee Discussion Only


03:12:57 PM  

Michelle King, Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP, presented to the committee on behalf of Colorado Energy Consumers and distributed a handout (Attachment M).

03:23:01 PM  

Ms. King responded to questions from the committee.



03:35:15 PM

Representative Hanson made closing comments.


03:36:00 PM   The committee adjourned.