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Past articles by Marshall:

Colorado Republicans change party after new GOP leader announced

After Colorado's Republican party picked Dave Willimas as a new leader, prominent Republicans left the party, switching to unaffiliated voters. → Read More

Special committee investigating utility bills hears from Colorado agencies in first meeting

The six lawmakers who sit on the committee learned information that was a primer of 17 stories covered by Next with Kyle Clark since late January. → Read More

DPS waitied 58 days to announce staff, student data breach

Denver Public Schools experienced a data breach that included detailed student and staff personal information, but delayed the announcement by 58 days. → Read More

Hopes for cheaper gas fall as pump prices stay high

Colorado’s gas prices could recover after Suncor gets back to normal operations, which they've said could be in March. But that won't solve everything. → Read More

As customers wait, Xcel Energy gets a say in its own punishment for solar delays

Thousands of customers are waiting to have Xcel connect their meters to the solar panels they've installed. Xcel gets a say in its own penalties for that. → Read More

A special committee of Colorado lawmakers will investigate high utility bills

The Joint Select Committee on Rising Utility Rates will have six state lawmakers and meet at least three times over the next few months. → Read More

Here's what happens at the PUC when Xcel wants to raise rates

Before the PUC makes a decision on rate increase requests, they hear from Xcel, PUC staff, the Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate (UCA) and other groups. → Read More

Xcel consternation captures state lawmakers' attention

A top Democrat in the Senate hinted at legislation coming that would limit how much profit a utility can make off its customers...a utility like Xcel Energy. → Read More

A measure to reduce Colorado energy bills didn't make last year's ballot because of the cost

Forcing Xcel Energy to use its profit on costs it passes down to ratepayers was nearly on the statewide ballot last November, but expenses got in the way. → Read More

Xcel's betting on gas with your money

Xcel Energy's plan to buy gas for next winter got approved by the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday. The plan only works if the price of gas goes up. → Read More

This is how Xcel makes a profit, and it's not gas

Xcel Energy has said they don't make a profit on gas, so where does the money come from? The answer is the rate of return on investments, like infrastructure. → Read More

Why Xcel's million-dollar donation doesn't add up

Xcel and partners promised $1 million to Energy Outreach Colorado on top of the $19 million they say they already give. Most of that money comes from us. → Read More

Why is Xcel Energy advertising to a captive audience?

Xcel says some of their ads aren't paid for with customer dollars, but that means some are. Why are they advertising to a captive audience anyway? We asked around. → Read More

This is who you can complain to about Xcel Energy bills

What do you do if you want to complain about utility bills? There's an office for that. → Read More

Fed up Xcel Energy customers demand answers from state regulators

Customers joined this online meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday to vent about their energy bills. → Read More

If you lower the heat by 1 degree, what does it do to your Xcel bill?

Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering professor Paulo Tabares ran the numbers for a 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000-square-foot home to see what the bills would be. → Read More

Xcel reports $1.7B in income, customers' bills don't benefit

The company held an investor call on Thursday morning, which revealed just how much Xcel made in 2022. → Read More

Why is your Xcel bill so high? We asked the regulators.

The Public Utilities Commission regulates companies like Xcel, so we asked them why your bills are so high. This is what they said. → Read More

Xcel's flat rate, or time of use? Calculate what's cheaper for you

The difference between the two options could be a matter of a few dollars, but looking at your most recent bill could give you an idea of what's best for you. → Read More

We asked Xcel to explain some on the specific charges on your bill

The biggest charges on your Xcel bill are the cost of generating and using electricity and natural gas, and there are other line items that add up over time. → Read More