- no need by the utility for the solar RECS (which incidentally the utility planned to keep even though subscribers would be paying more for them) for compliance with the renewable standard,
- no need for the capacity provided by the proposed 50 MW facility,
- no need for the energy that would be produced from the system,
- no consumer demand shown for the program, and
- concerns with it being subsidized by general class of ratepayers.
- unspecified profit by the utility,
- revised testimony during the hearing which left it unclear just what the utility was proposing,
- such proposals should be included in the 2015 ERP filing rather than filed separately (an issue that the Chairman was most adamant about), and
- the application was premature given that the Commission has yet to rule on its net metering policy in a separate docket.
UPDATE 17 DEC 2014: The written decision from the PUC came out today and is available for download here. Notably, in addition to denying the utility's program, the Commission also placed 100% of the risk for the so-called "start-up energy," which the utility contracted for after its request for an early RFP was denied, solely on Xcel.