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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has ruled that Xcel Energy Inc. will not be able to use customer rates to recover $16.6 million in relation to the utility's Boulder-based SmartGridCity pilot project.

According to a Boulder County Business Report article, this latest PUC decision upholds an administrative law judge's February ruling that Xcel should not recover the $16.6 million because the utility had not proven customer benefits. This comes after the PUC voted in 2011 to allow Xcel Energy to recover $27.9 million of the project costs but withheld the remaining $16.6 million until the utility could provide such evidence and a comprehensive plan.

PUC spokesperson Terry Bote said Thursday that the regulators gave Xcel opportunities to present its case, but that the utility failed to do so, according to the Boulder County Business Report.



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