Denver’s Plan for Tiered Electric and Gas Rates

Once again, I’m proud to live in Denver. The new plan for electric and gas rates (if approved by voters) is one of the least expensive ways to imporve conservation measures. Link to and excerpt from Denver post article below. It will also improve the economice of net metered distributed generation.

Mayor backs ‘green’ plan for Denver

By: Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
October 24, 2007

Mayor John Hickenlooper today formally adopted Denver’s Climate Action Plan, a series of steps intended to reduce the city’s per capita greenhouse emissions 10 percent by 2012.

The plan is the result of more than a year’s work by a 33-member Greenprint Advisory Council, which studied best practices from across the country to determine the top 10 opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

“With adoption of the Climate Action Plan, our real work as a community begins,” Hickenlooper said. “If there is only a 3 percent chance that 95 percent of the world’s top scientists are right about the consequences of climate change, we all have a responsibility to act now. Denver remains committed to leading by example.”

Included among the 10 recommendations are:

Incentive Energy Conservation. Subject to voter approval, it would apply a tiered rate structure to electrical and gas usage. Similar to water rate charges, tiered rates would impose a premium charge for excessive electrical and gas usage. Funds generated would support energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction programs, especially for lower-income neighborhoods.

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