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Nearly 300 Coloradans converged in Denver to oppose a proposal from utility Xcel Energy to roll back the state's net metering program.

According to The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), the crowd delivered almost 30,000 petition signatures directly to Xcel executives, urging the utility to withdraw its proposal.

TASC says that a coalition of Xcel consumers, advocacy organizations and businesses organized the petition drive and rally.

"Coloradans who choose to produce their own energy through rooftop solar should receive the same rate as the utility for that electricity," says Rebecca Cantwell, senior program director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. "Xcel's proposal to credit customers far less than the current retail rate is unfair."

For its part, Xcel says that net metering incentives are ultimately paid by non-solar customers across its service territory in Colorado and has asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to identify clearly the incentives provided to solar customers associated with net metering.

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