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E81A4B1BE563E4AB8725872F00613CD8 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For UTILITIES AND WILDFIRE

INTERIM COMMITTEE  WILDFIRE MATTERS REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date Aug 12, 2021      
Location Old State Library



Utilities and Wildfire - Committee Discussion Only


01:48:14 PM  
Tim Coleman, Colorado Rural Electric Association, presented to the committee regarding wildfires in electric cooperatives territory. Paul Erickson, Sangre De Cristo Electric Association, presented regarding successes and difficulties conducting wildfire mitigation. Jeff Wadsworth, Poudre Valley REA, presented regarding vegetation management and utilites' right of way.
02:15:34 PM  
Mr. Erickson, Mr.
Coleman, and Mr. Wadsworth responded to committee questions regarding communication
with federal authorities, difficulty enforcing a utility's right of way,
and cooperative liability during fires.
02:35:42 PM  
Sandra Johnson, Xcel
Energy, presented regarding Xcel Energy's wildfire mitigation plan using
a powerpoint. She discussed the impact of 2020 wildfires on Xcel's assets
and customers. Ms. Johnson summarized Xcel's plan to minimize risks of
wildfire, which includes increased inspections, hardening equipment, conducting
high fire threat operations, and engaging community and the industry.