The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved policies this week that supporters say advance clean energy for Xcel customers.
The commission worked with 22 interested parties including environmental groups, trade associations, and Colorado municipalities and state agencies to compromise with Xcel Energy on pricing of electricity and renewable energy.
According to Western Resource Advocates, the agreement improves the way that rooftop solar customers are credited for contributing electricity to the grid. Consumers will see expanded options to buy clean energy, including programs for low-income customers.
There is also a plan to reward customers for using less energy at off-peak times.