The stranded cost debate in Colorado has picked up again as the state looks to deregulate its utilities. A task force formed by Governor Bill Owens looks to be giving the thumbs up to securitization for the recovery of stranded costs in a recently issued report.

Enlisting the help of management consultants Stone & Webster, the Colorado Electric Advisory Panel issued a report identifying a "consensus that securitization can be a useful tool" and is "the most popular technique" to ensure mitigation of stranded cost estimates.

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