GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner John Gavan held a meeting today to answer any public questions about the new clean heat plans.
Back in 2021, the Colorado General Assembly set a requirement for gas distribution companies—energy companies, to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 4% by 2025 and by 22% by 2030.
Gas utilities will have to file clean heat plans with the Commission in 2023.
Companies like Xcel and Black Hills Energy are required to submit clean heat plans—plans that will most likely include shutting down nearly all their coal production by 2030.
Some clean heat resources listed by the Department of Regulatory Agencies are:
- Energy Efficiency Programs, which would allow people to add more insulation at a reduced cost
- Recovered Methane
- Green Hydrogen, where water is converted to hydrogen through electrolysis
- Beneficial electrification, which would allow people to switch between gas and electric power at a reduced cost
Nearly 50 people attended the meeting, most from Grand Junction but some traveled from as far away as Pueblo, CO.
The commission will make a final decision on specific rules involving clean heat plans on December 1st. But before then, they want to hear from you, the people.
Follow the instructions in the picture below to file a comment or complaint with the PUC.