Xcel Wants Coloradans To Pay $16.5M For Boulder Smart Grid

Boulder, Colorado Consumer Counsel, Others Oppose Request

The Public Utilities Commission is hearing a request from Xcel Energy to recover $16.6 million from the company's completed SmartGridCity project in Boulder by charging Colorado ratepayers.

The Denver Post reports the city of Boulder, the Colorado Consumer Counsel and two of Xcel's industrial customers oppose the request.

An administrative law judge of Public Utilities Commission heard testimony on the matter in a hearing that began Wednesday.

PUC officials ruled earlier this year that Xcel could recoup about $30 million of its costs but that $16.6 million more could not be recovered until the utility showed it had completed the project and that the project would help all of its Colorado customers.

The project connects 23,000 homes in Boulder with smart meters using computers to manage electricity distribution.

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