Stop the Attack on Clean Energy in Colorado

The Colorado Senate is trying to kill our renewable energy standard (RES)!  Instead of 30% by 2020, they want to knock it down to 15%.  This is absurd: Xcel already gets 19% of their electricity from wind alone, and it’s cheaper than any fossil fueled power!

Sign the petition below to send an email Senate Agriculture, Natural Resource and Energy Committee members telling them we have to move forward on clean energy and climate, not back!

Stop the Attack on Clean Energy in Colorado

Dear Governor Hickenlooper and Colorado Legislators,

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Come & Testify at the Committee Hearing for SB 15-044

Thursday, January 29th, 1:30 pm
Senate Committee Room 354 or 353
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 80203

Learn More About SB 44

Early this January, legislators wasted no time introducing bills related to Colorado’s energy policies. Rather than immediately address local versus statewide standards for fracking, two of the first bills introduced would modify Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES).

Currently, investor owned utilities (i.e. Xcel and Black Hills) have to have 20% renewables by 2015 and 30% by 2020 on their system. Senate Bill 44 would reduce their requirement to 15% by 2015 with no additional goal for 2030. This seems bizarre, especially given that wind provides 19% of Xcel’s electricity in Colorado. So they want them to go backwards and stay there.

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For more information on SB 44, see The Nation Law Review.

 

Public Banking: Supporting community Resiliency & Renewable Energy

An Evening with Gwen Hallsmith
Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute

January 29th
6:30 – 7 pm – Refreshments
7 – 8:45 pm – Discussion
Impact Hub, Boulder
1877 Broadway St.
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Gwen Hallsmith
Gwen Hallsmith, the Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute will present on how public banking could play a role in financing a municipal electric utility and how Boulder can use public banking to enhance community wealth, resiliency, entrepreneurial participation and economic vitality. She will discuss the main advantage of public banking: lower-cost financing which enables states, counties and cities to better fund small business, infrastructure and projects such as affordable housing, libraries, farm-to-table agriculture, renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transportation. Each of these projects creates good local jobs. In these ways, public banks enable cities, counties, and states to better finance public priorities without relying on Wall Street or paying the high interest rates that pad big bank profits.

This presentation is part of Clean Energy Action’s Global Warming Solutions Speaker Series. Audience participation will be invited during discussion and Q&A. No RSVP required.

More About Gwen

Gwen most recently made national headlines with her work in Vermont to ask Town Meetings to consider public banking. On March 4th, 18 cities and towns in Vermont voted to endorse a resolution directing the state legislators to create a State Bank for Vermont. Thanks to the media expertise of William Boardman and Matt Stannard, the national media has picked up on the story, and there have been now over 20 radio interviews, print stories, and starting this week we’ll be on syndicated television with the story as well… Gwen has an interview with GritTV on Tuesday, and we understand that even bigger shows are working on the story – stay tuned.

Gwen is the author of several books on sustainable communities and economic reform, including her most recent book with Bernard Lietaer called Creating Wealth: Growing Local Communities with Local Currencies. She has been an advocate for economic reform for over 25 years, and implemented new currency projects on the local level in her recent position as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier. Her work spans the globe – she has worked in all the major world regions at this point, and with cities, towns, regions, provinces, and states in the United States and Canada.

Her vision for the Public Banking Institute expands our horizons to include many other aspects of a public monetary system, everything from strengthening the possibilities for local investment that the new SEC regulations allow to fostering and supporting complementary currencies for local and regional means of exchange. Her deep commitment to local action matches our vision for the Institute as a source of technical assistance, training, and research for all the state, regional, and local initiatives underway to set up public banks and other currency and investment initiatives.

Public Hearing for Xcel’s Rate Increase

Thursday, November 20th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Public Utilities Commission, Hearing Room A
1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202

Xcel is asking to pour a billion dollars into fossil fuel infrastructure, which is completely incompatible with a stable climate.

Colorado will feel the effects of an unstable climate through  dramatically increased wildfires, reduced water availability for agriculture,  flooding and other extreme weather events. These are real impacts that Coloradans are already experiencing.

Making these investments further commits us to burning fuels for decades.

Cost for wind, solar, energy efficiency and storage continue to plummet which makes new investments in long term fossil fuel infrastructure absurd.

New Capital Investments Xcel is Requesting
  • $ 2.04B for new capital investments:
    • $1.1B of production investment;
      • $ 950M for CACJA (Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010)
      • $ 175M for other plants
    • $251.8M of transmission investment;
    • $470M of distribution investment; and
    • $187.6M of other types of capital investment.

For more information see our Rate Case Workshop Presentation or contact us at info@cleanenergyaction.org

If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can send comments for the PUC  to dora_puc_complaints@state.co.us with the proceeding number, 14AL-0660E in the subject line.

Public Hearing on Oil & Gas Development in Boulder County

UPDATE: Boulder County Commissioners voted unanimously to continue the moratorium on oil and gas development for the next three and a half year after a groundswell of public outcry against fracking. Thanks to all those who helped in protecting Boulder County.


Monday, November 10th, 2 pm – 12 am
Plaza Event Center
1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont
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The County Commissioners will consider public input on whether to extend or otherwise amend the current temporary moratorium on Boulder County’s processing of applications for oil and gas development in the unincorporated County.

Online sign-ups for people interested in speaking at the hearing will open Monday, Oct. 27 at noon. Speaking slots will be assigned in the order received. Written comments may be submitted prior to hearing; the deadline to receive written comments is Friday, Nov. 7 by 2 p.m.

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