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1 Progressive 15 Energy and the Economy Summit June 26, 2013 Geoffrey Hier CREA Director of Government Relations

2 Colorado Electric Cooperative Renewable Energy Standard History  2004 Amendment 37 passed requiring 10% for IOU’s and municipal utilities and electric distribution cooperatives with over 40,000 meters – ( Contained an opt out provision for muni and cooperatives)  2007 HB Supported by CREA – 20% for IOU and 10% for all Cooperatives, large Municipals by 2020  2010 HB 1365 – 30% for IOU’s, no change for Cooperatives

3 SB 252 – Sens. Morse/Schwartz and Reps Ferrandino/Duran  With a lifespan of only 12 days in the Senate and 29 days in total, SB 252 passed both chambers on mostly partisan votes (Democratic Senators Hodge and Tochtrop opposed the bill)  Governor Hickenlooper has signed into law  The primary sponsors all live in areas served by utilities not significantly impacted by the legislation.

4 SB 252 Major Components  Expanded RES definition to include coal mine methane and trash-to-gas  Revision and repeal of multiplier  New 20% RES for Tri-State and IREA  1% DG mandate -.75% mandate for co- ops with less than 10,000 meters – applies to all 22 co-ops  2% rate cap  Annual PUC reporting requirements  Costs may only be recovered from Colorado cooperatives

5 Cooperatives Affected  Short answer, all in Colorado  IREA and Tri-State members more significantly Cooperatives serving Progressive 15 members:  Highline ElectricMt. View  High West EnergyMorgan County Electric  IREA PVREA  K.C. Electric United Power  Mt. Parks Y-W Electric

6 Potential Costs  Based on current demand projections, there is no need for additional generation resources for cooperatives until approximately 2018  Any renewables obtained will be replacing existing generation resources  DG is generally more expensive than utility scale generation  DG usually has to be subsidized by members

7  IREA receives renewable energy through Xcel wholesale contract, getting to 20% not practical given contractual constraints  Tri-State will need MW to comply by 2020  Wind is currently the least expensive  Cost for wind million dollars  Back up gas generation = 300 million dollars  Transmission costs ???  Total estimated compliance costs 1-2 billion for Tri-State members

8 An Imperfect Bill  Requiring Tri-State to only recover costs from Colorado members creates inequities  Retail DG requirement is unclear and could be unobtainable for some cooperatives  2020 deadline is unrealistic  2% rate cap is uncertain  20% too much, too soon

9 Executive Order  The reasons for signing the legislation outweigh the reasons for vetoing the bill, but this bill is imperfect. Some of the concerns raised during the legislative process were not given due consideration. Top among these concerns are the feasibility of the implementation timetable, and consumer protections. The advisory committee will work to fully address these concerns, culminating in proposals for the 2014 legislative session.

10 ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Director of CEO appoints an advisory committee, the Chair of the PUC and the Attorney General or their designee are non-voting members. 11 voting members total 9 from specified groups 2 future appointments from stakeholder TBD

11 Designated Appointments  Tri-State G&T  CREA  IREA  A renewable energy representative  A environmental advocate  A representative of a non-profit proficient in electric resource planning  A rep actively engaged in agricultural business  A rep actively engaged in livestock production  A rep actively engaged in irrigation production


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