Colorado Electric Resource Plans
Excerpt from current Commission Resource Planning rules 4 CCR 723-3-3600 - 3615
3601. Overview and Purpose.
The purpose of these rules is to establish a process to determine the need for additional electric resources by Commission jurisdictional electric utilities. It is the Commission's policy that a competitive acquisition process will normally be used to acquire new utility resources. This process is intended to result in cost-effective resource portfolios, taking into consideration projected system needs, reliability of proposed resources, beneficial contributions of new clean energy and energy-efficient technologies, expected generation loading characteristics, and various risk factors. The competitive bid process should afford all resources an opportunity to bid, and all new utility resources will be compared in order to determine a cost-effective resource portfolio.
see also Renewable Energy Standard rules 4 CCR 723-3-3650 - 3665