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Colorado Renewable Energy Plans & Reports


In 2004, Colorado passed the first voter-led Renewable Energy Standard in the nation. The General Assembly has increased the standard three times since then, and Xcel Energy has met these requirements every year since its inception. It supports our bold, new vision to provide customers with 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 and to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2030 from the electricity that serves our customers, while keeping your bill as low as possible. 

Explore the links below to learn more about our Renewable Energy plans, reports and progress.

Renewable Energy Plans & Annual Compliance Reports

2020-2021 RE Plan

The 2020-2021 Renewable Energy Plan aims to advance Xcel Energy’s goal of satisfying Colorado’s growing energy needs in the most reliable, clean and affordable way possible. It proposes a two-year roadmap that continues to demonstrate leadership in transitioning to a more sustainable energy future, powered by less carbon-intensive fuel sources. The company considers the 2020-21 proposal to be a bridge plan that largely continues existing programs and retains many of the features approved in the 2017-19 Renewable Energy Plan.

To find out more, click the links below. To follow the regulatory process, visit the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s e-filing page and search for Proceeding No. 19A-0369E.


Press Release: Solar Gardens and Renewable Energy Plan (PDF)
2020 RES Plan Application (PDF)
Jack W. Ihle Testimony (PDF)
Kerry R. Klemm Testimony (PDF)
Alexander G. Trowbridge Testimony (PDF)
Tara Fowler Testimony (PDF
Jannell E. Marks Testimony (PDF)



2017-2019 Renewable Energy Plan

This three-year roadmap was approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in November 2016 as part of the largest global settlement in Xcel Energy history. Xcel Energy worked with 22 of 26 intervenors to settle the Renewable Energy, Phase II Electric Rate Case and Solar*Connect filings.

Learn more about the 2017 Renewable Energy Plan.


For more information, email Neil Cowan, Regulatory Policy Specialist

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