Please join the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies – Public Utilities Commission as they welcome Payne Director Morgan Bazilian presenting at webinar titled The Future of Natural Gas on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 9:05am – 9:40am (MT).
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hold a remote Commissioners’ Information Meeting (CIM) from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, to collect information regarding retail natural gas industry greenhouse gas emissions.
A law passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2019 set statewide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
While no specific requirements for the retail natural gas sector have been established yet, the PUC intends to investigate whether changes in natural gas use emissions could help meet the statewide goals of House Bill 19-1261.
The PUC is seeking information regarding topics such as the mathematical and scientific expectations for emission reductions from the retail natural gas sector; options to decarbonize retail natural gas; and potential steps the Commission can take now while long-term technological and regulatory changes are implemented.
To facilitate this investigation, the PUC has opened proceeding no. 20M-0439G as a repository for presentations, comments, and other materials relating to the Commission’s general investigation. Commissioner Megan Gilman was designated Hearing Commissioner for the proceeding.
While the PUC anticipates that there will be subsequent CIMs on this topic, the purpose of the Nov. 5 meeting is to establish a base set of background information regarding retail natural gas industry greenhouse gas emissions in light of Colorado’s emission reduction goals. The Commission will hear presentations regarding the future market dynamics for natural gas; Colorado’s statutory greenhouse gas reductions and the Governor’s roadmap; the retail natural gas industry’s potential to help meet statewide greenhouse gas emission reductions; relevant state agency rulemakings and expected timelines; and potential future pathways to meet Colorado’s emission reduction targets.
The CIM will be webcast and can be accessed at: https://puc.colorado.gov/webcasts.
Members of the public may submit written comments on the topic at any time by using the PUC’s on-line comment form at https://puc.colorado.gov/puccomments under proceeding 20M-0439G.