Xcel Forecast Calls for Less Solar

June 7 2010, 9:29 AM

Xcel Energy isn't going to please the activists who recently posted a phony press release under the company's banner, a prank intended to express support for 100 percent renewable energy in coming years. Xcel asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Friday for permission to reduce solar-generation targets agreed upon in 2007 by 48 percent, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel. The request is temporary, says Karen Hyde, the utility's vice president for regulatory matters---a setback, more or less, due to a lack of transmission lines in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. "Our commitment to the development of solar resources from the San Luis Valley over the long term has not changed," Hyde says in a statement. "But, because we cannot guarantee the ability to move power to the grid when these solar resources become available, we are compelled to step back from our original plans and seek this reduction." Before wagging any fingers at Xcel, get versed in the fight over the proposed electricity line and its opponents---including small-scale power fans and billionaire Louis Moore Bacon, as well as the team of lawyers protecting his ranch---with this article from The New York Times.