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!

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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.

 

3 thoughts on “Stop the Attack on Clean Energy in Colorado”

  1. This action by the sponsors and supporters of such legislation is certainly not in the best interest of the general public’s health and welfare, and must be defeated. Our country was founded on the concept of helping the needy, but it has become one run by those who are greedy. It is paramount that these legislators acting as pawns for big money and other special interest groups are removed from office.

  2. It is almost midnight on the path to having the most extreme climate change scenario but Republicans want to keep the foot on the fossil fuel accelerator just for short term “profit’.

  3. Perhaps we need to go on the offense. How about an RES of 100% by 2050 (or sooner). Lovins (RMI) and Jacobson (Stanford) shows its doable. Each of us needs a personal plan. With rooftop solar PV, a geoexchange/geothermal heat pump furnace and a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we are already at a personal RES of about 80% (Food and long distance travel are still problematic – but working on it)

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