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Thanks to everyone who contributed last year! Clean Energy Action was the recipient of a $5,000 1st Bank bonus due to your generosity. We are eligible again if we exceed last year’s commitments. Please be as generous as you can and we may receive an even larger bonus.

A recurring contribution set to begin on December 9th will help keep CEA healthy all year long and count toward a possible bonus. All transaction costs are covered by 1st Bank and other sponsors so that every dollar goes to our work.

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Why contribute to Clean Energy Action?

We are still one of the only voices in Colorado advocating for shutting down our fossil fueled infrastructure once and for all. CEA tears down the pillars that support climate instability and builds up the pillars that support climate stability. We understand that there are both environmental and economic risks to continued fossil dependence. While many have championed the conversion of coal fired plants to gas as a result of 2010 Clean Air Clean Jobs Act (CACJA), Clean Energy Action understands that statewide we have actually committed to increasing our overall emissions in Colorado when Xcel’s investments in new coal are included.  These policies have allowed Xcel to add $1B in fossil (both gas and coal retrofits) infrastructure to its generation mix.

Our work this year to date:

Our small staff accomplishes incredible tasks thanks to your support, and our team of interns and volunteers multiply our efforts. Here is an overview of our work from 2014:

  • Our featured posts are now syndicated nationwide on The Energy Collective, including promotion to their over 45,000 followers on Twitter.
  • Our work on Xcel’s ongoing rate case (14AL-0660E) at the Colorado Public Utility Commission has revealed a trove of information:
    • We understand just how cheap Xcel’s fossil plants are compared to the fuel that they commit us to burning.
    • Xcel’s Colorado ratepayers spent ~$550M on fuel in 2013.  About $370M of that was for coal — and as we’ve long pointed out… those coal costs are not decreasing!
    • The value of Xcel’s fossil power plants is $4B today ($2.9B of which is coal) and will increase to $5B as a result of CACJA cost recovery.
    • This means we spend more on fuel every 10 years than all the fossil plants are worth today.  And for coal it’s more like every 8 years.
  • Through our Citizen Power program, CEA has communicated the truth of the fossil fuel cost pass through (aka the Electricity Commodity Adjustment or ECA) to hundreds of citizens and dozens of legislators.
    • Legislation to change this may be introduced, but the fossil lobby will fight hard for the status quo.
    • We created videos to make the wonky Electric Commodity Adjustment digestible.
  • Clean Energy Action has developed energy literacy in hundreds of students in Boulder County with our energy bike and related energy education program.
With your support, our work in 2015:
  • CEA will develop software to comb through FERC, EPA, EIA and other databases to facilitate local communities understanding the costs of fuel and plants in their own neighborhoods.
    • This data will lead others to close dirty fossil plants instead of paying for dirty fossil fuels.
    • Quickly shutting down fossil plants in every state faster than the Clean Power Plan could hope to achieve.
  • Clean Energy Action has been selected as energy educators for many political representatives in CO.
    • The economics of boom and bust fossil jobs will be easily contrasted with the lasting benefit of jobs repowering the grid.
    • We will drive understanding of the myriad risks of continued fossil dependence.
  • Xcel Colorado may submit a new decoupling proposal and CEA will be prepared to intervene to make certain it’s the best deal for a stable climate.
  • Xcel Colorado will submit their quadrennial Electric Resource Plan (ERP) in fall 2015.
    • Clean Energy Action will expose the folly of discounting future fossil fuel costs.
    • This will rapidly change the generation mix away from fossils toward fuel free renewables.
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You give to Clean Energy Action because you know we’re effective. We don’t charge a membership fee and all of our events are free thanks to the community of support. Please keep giving where you live to keep us strong and viable. Your voice is amplified by CEA’s voice across Colorado and the nation.


Sample of CEA Work

Sample 2014 Featured Articles
Xcel Rate Case – Decoupling
Face the Risk – Explaining the Electric Commodity Adjustment

What is the Electric Commodity Adjustment and How Does it Relate to Your Electric Bill and Renewable Energy?

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

If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can send comments for the PUC  to 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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Workshop: Show the Commissioners Your Citizen Stripes

Your Story Can Change the World

You only need to change a few minds to change the world, especially if your talking to the right people, like, for instance the three Public Utilities Commissioners at a public hearing on your electricity rates. Let us help you refine and practice your story:

Thursday, October 30th, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
George Reynolds Library
3595 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305

We all have unique perspectives on energy issues and different people and institutions are moved by different types of stories. Whether you are passionate about emerging renewable energy technologies, or stranding coal assets, or rising fossil fuel prices, or climate change (duh!) your story is relevant. We want to help you develop your story for the public hearing on Xcel’s proposed rate increase:

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

Even if you can’t make the public hearing, bring your computer and we can help you develop your story for an online comment.

Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy