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PUC Asks Coloradans to ‘Plug In’ to State’s Energy Future

August 29, 2007

Alamosa, CO – The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is bringing the power to the people, literally, this week, holding the first in a series of so-called "listening sessions" across the state to get public input on our energy future. PUC Chair Ron Binz says the commission wants to hear people's concerns, but also has some specific questions to pose to Coloradans.

"We want to know if they’d be willing to pay more for cleaner energy sources like wind and solar power. We would like to know how they feel about nuclear power; what they think about energy conservation techniques and whether they are using them."

Jennifer Gremmert with the group Energy Outreach Colorado says the state’s plan for a "renewable energy economy" may be a great thing, but it shouldn’t mean an increase in rates, especially for low-income families.

"We’re fortunate that we passed some legislation last session that will allow the Public Utilities Commission to take low-income energy consumers into a special light in terms of how they develop rate structures."

Other topics to be discussed include new transmission lines and the quality of current utility service in the state. Listening sessions will be held tonight in Alamosa and tomorrow in Canon City. Next month, commissioners travel to Steamboat Springs, Montrose and Vail for similar public gatherings.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO