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In Colorado, the Renewable Portfolio Standard requires different electric utilities to generate certain amounts of their electricity from renewable sources by certain dates. Investor-owned utilities such as Xcel are required to generate 30% of their electricity from renewables by 2020. Electric cooperatives serving 100,000 or more meters (Tri-State Generation & Transmission and Intermountain Rural Electric Association) are required to generate 20% of their electricity from renewables by 2020. Electric cooperatives serving less than 100,000 meters and municipal utilities serving more than 40,000 customers are both required to generate 10% of their electricity from renewables by 2020. Renewable technologies include but are not limited to geothermal, solar thermal, solar PV, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, landfill gas, and anaerobic digestion.

In addition, certain portions of electricity sold by electric utilities must come from “distributed generation” (DG). DG refers to smaller power plants, and certain portions of a utility’s DG must come from renewable resources located on the customer side of the meter such as rooftop solar.

Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

Last updated: October 5, 2017 at 16:50 pm