Tri-State Public Meeting for Electric Resource Plan

Friday, August 8th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tri-State Headquarters
1100 West 116th Ave., Westminster, 80234
Or Register Here to Join the Webcast

Tri-State is holding a public input meeting regarding their electric resource plan. They will be discussing how they are planning to comply with their renewable energy requirement mandated by Senate Bill 252 in 2013, which requires all rural electric associations and co-ops to get at least 20% of it’s power supply from renewable energy. Tri-State has been publicly opposed to the requirements.

Give your voice to show that there is public support for compliance with these renewable energy requirements.

We Are Your Eyes on Xcel

Update 7/9: Public Utilities Commission staff filed a request for a hearing on June 26th. The Commissioners granted that request today. Any petitions to intervene must be submitted by August 11th.  The hearing is set for December 2nd through December 5th, with a final ruling expected by February 13th, 2015.

On June 17th, Xcel Energy submitted a request to the Public Utilities Commission asking for a rate increase of $157 million annual increase. That could mean a 5.3% monthly increase for the average consumer.

Unlike almost everybody on earth, we are keeping an eye on Xcel and the PUC.  Xcel’s testimony alone is over 2,241 pages.  Believe it or not, those 2,241 pages are just the tip of the iceberg. Clean Energy Action is digging deeper to uncover the implications that this rate case could have on the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

We need your support to keep doing this work.

If Xcel wins, this would add $3.96 to every customer’s bill every month. Instead of paying that to Xcel, consider a monthly recurring donation to help us move them into the utility model of the 21st century.

Xcel is proposing some significant changes to their rate structure, including a proposal for decoupling, large capital investments from the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act, and restructuring the depreciation of their fossil fuel assets.

We cannot change the conversation about the future without your support.

 

Competitive Climate in Colorado Elections

It’s election season again…

For climate and energy issues, our elected representatives matter.  They can make a huge difference in the energy markets, for better or for worse.

Colorado State Legislature
U.S. Legislature
  • U.S. Senate – this is one of the most competitive races in the country
  • U.S. House -  7 seats up for re-election, one of which is considered highly competitive
Look up your local representatives.

Tell them you believe climate action is important. Ask them what they think about climate change and how they are going to fight for our and our childrens’ future.

EPA Public Hearing: Proposed Carbon Regulations for Power Plants

Tuesday, July 29, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
& Wednesday, July 30th, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
EPA Region 8 Building
1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
Comment Now

UPDATE (7/26/14): We need to pack the room with Clean Power supporters! Join us and our allies for a full two days of Clean Power Plan Hearing Events. If you can’t make it to the the hearing, submit written comments to show support for these necessary, but not sufficient regulations. 

Highlights of Events Surrounding EPA Hearing:

See here for full description of events

Clean Power Reception
Monday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ The Alliance Center
Must RSVP

Testimony Prep & Line Up
Tuesday, 7:00 am – 9:00 @ The Alliance Center Parking Lot

Clean Air Event
Tuesday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm @ The Millennium Bridge

Breakfast, Prep & Line-up
Wednesday, 7:30 am – 9:00 am @ The Alliance Center

Presentation: Balancing Power – Building a Movement
Wednesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am @ The Alliance Center

Organizing 101: How can You Empower Your Community?
Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm @ The Alliance Center

Wrap-up Press Event
Wednesday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm @ The Alliance Center Lobby

UPDATE (7/18/14): The EPA Hearing for the Clean Power Plan is fully booked. Thanks to everyone who signed up and flooded the registration. But we still need your support! We are working with Sierra Club and our other allies to show support for strong regulations. This is the only hearing west of Pittsburgh. We need people presence greater than the fossils. Even if you can’t formally speak at the hearing, your attendance is essential. Join us at events surrounding the hearings. Details to be shared as soon as they’re solid. Help rally supporters! Sign up for phone-banking and help spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

Clean Energy Action knows that these rules should be a floor not a ceiling, although they are still being attacked from the champions of the fossil-laden status quo. Now is the time to show public support to ensure these rules get passed. CEA will work on strengthening them as the process unfolds.

If you are registered to speak – please forward your time slot to Bryce Carter at the Sierra Club for messaging and support for your testimony.

UPDATE (7/1/14): The EPA has added an additional day for public comment on the 30th due to the fact that they have gotten flooded with requests to comment. Our registration link is now being facilitated by our friends at the Sierra Club in order to get folks onto any waiting list. Industry is already outpacing us for registration – we need your support for strong regulations.

Register Now

The EPA just released their proposed carbon regulations on existing power plants. They will require a 30% reduction in carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 2030.

While this will by far the most sweeping regulation addressing climate change in the US, the bar is set pretty low. Although Colorado has the 10th most carbon intensive energy in the country, former Governor Bill Ritter told Colorado Public Radio that we are on track to meet the proposed regulations – 10 years early.

We want to go beyond that.

Colorado is lucky enough to have one of the four public hearing being hosted in Denver.

Register early so that your voice can be heard.

Pueblo Community Response to Energy Mythunderstanding

by: Paul Huber, President EcoSol

There were two energy related editorials in the May 11th edition of the Chieftain. The first was critical of concerns raised at State Representative Leroy Garcia’s recent town hall meeting in Pueblo on the topic of persistent energy rate increases by Black Hills Energy (BHE). Mr. Keith Lorensen repeats the false, yet familiar, utility and fossil fuel industry message that renewable energy mandates are somehow the driving force behind persistent energy rate escalations. Mr. Trevithick accepts that change is not free, but seems to reinforce the misconception that renewables, i.e. distributed generation solar and/or centralized wind/solar, necessarily result in higher energy costs.

First of all, renewable energy mandates aren’t killing off the coal industry. Natural gas and the increased costs of mining coal are killing the coal industry.

Secondly, modest local clean energy advances don’t explain persistent BHE rate increases locally. In Colorado, every rate category in the Black Hills Energy portfolio has experienced consistent high double digit revenue increases for BHE. Nationally, BHE enjoys some of the highest profit margins of any investor owned utility. Even though energy usage has actually decreased or remained flat in BHE Colorado rate categories, BHE revenues and profits continue to soar year after year. Continue reading

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