Clean Energy Action (CEA) is a nonprofit organization based in Boulder, Colorado with a proven track record of educating the public to support a shift in public policy towards a post-fossil fuel economy. CEA was co-founded by a small team of concerned citizens in 2005 in opposition to the construction of Xcel Energy’s newest and largest Colorado coal-fired power plant, Comanche 3 in Pueblo, Colorado. Continuing to put pressure on the State and Colorado Public Utilities Commission regarding the construction of Comanche 3, CEA then built momentum around retiring existing coal plants by demonstrating the detrimental impacts of diminishing coal supplies in the United States. Clean Energy Action has a strong track record of partnering with organizations to provide comments at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and to activate citizen involvement for key federal policies, such as the Production Tax Credit, the EPA rules on carbon, coal ash and hazardous air pollutants.
Clean Energy Action has assumed a leadership role in public policy creation and advocacy in the State of Colorado. By working to inspire community involvement, CEA was a driving force behind the outpouring of public support and allied organizational participation that worked to close the Valmont Coal Plant. CEA fomented the public to testify at pivotal meetings and hearings held by the Colorado Department of Health, the Public Utilities Commission, regional EPA, Boulder County Commissioners and Boulder City Council. We will continue to be a driving force in educating and inspiring citizens to move toward a clean energy economy at all ages.
We believe in “citizen power” and much of our work is done by volunteer activists that we have inspired to work on climate change and clean, renewable energy issues. These citizens include many scientists, engineers, educators, attorneys, journalists and other highly trained individuals. As we grow our statewide activist network, we will continue to support efforts directed at advancing clean, renewable energy policies. Since our founding we have inspired, trained and supported dozens of grassroots activists and helped move leaders and elected officials illustrating our belief that when the people lead, the leaders follow.