Once as simple as wires and poles, today’s distribution systems can reflect a wide range of changing realities.
A 2019 state law requires utilities to consider energy storage in their long-range resource plans.
The agreement between Xcel Energy and clean energy advocates also includes building 3,000 megawatts of solar.
Xcel Energy has already pledged to go carbon-free, allowing the city’s plan to focus on other areas to reduce emissions.
Critics say the bill “enshrines monopoly” at a time when regulators should be considering a different model.