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New Colorado Microgrid Closer to Reality: Niobrara NatGas LLC Receives Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) – First New Colorado Natural Gas LDC Since 1997

Colorado now has its first new natural gas local distribution company since 1997. Niobrara NatGas LLC received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in CPUC Decision No. R13-1038. The CPCN encompasses authority to construct and operate a natural gas transmission and distribution system to serve the Niobrara Energy Park in north-central Colorado.

The Niobrara Energy Park will be one of the nation’s first hybrid natural gas and renewable energy data center parks. The Niobrara Energy Park will host data centers, renewable generation facilities, natural gas fuel cells and conventional natural gas fired generation with fuel provided by Niobrara NatGas LLC. These facilities will be connected by a microgrid within the Niobrara Energy Park creating a self-sufficient and extremely reliable development from an electric operations standpoint. The data centers may own the electricity generating facilities, which would make the Niobrara Energy Park one of the largest self-generation/distributed generation operations in the U.S.

©2021 All Rights Reserved. Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLPNational Law Review, Volume III, Number 280
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Mark Davidson, public utilities, energy, attorney, Lewis Roca Rothergerber
Special Counsel

Mr. Davidson's approach to practicing in public utilities law has been ‎developed by having represented all facets of utility regulation ‎including utilities, their customers, and the agency that regulates ‎them. He has practiced before regulatory agencies in Colorado, ‎Louisiana, Washington and Wyoming. As the country moves toward ‎more renewable energy alternatives, his representation of solar and ‎wind energy service providers will be at the forefront of our energy ‎economy both in Colorado and across the nation.‎

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