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Public Hearing – Energy Impact Offset Fund

Support the Creation of a Boulder County Energy Impact Offset Fund for Marijuana Growers Based on the Social Cost of Carbon

Thursday, May 22nd, 2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
Commissioner’s Hearing Room,  Downtown Courthouse
1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302

Since the legalization of marijuana use and production in Colorado, there has been substantial growth in this industry – a highly energy intensive industry. Currently, any marijuana grow operations in Boulder County are required to produce or acquire 100% of their energy from renewable energy sources. Because of the complex nature of the energy market here in Colorado, it has been difficult for the industry to buy into solar gardens or install on-site solar to comply with this requirement.

Boulder County is proposing an amendment in the sustainability licencing requirements for marijuana growing operations to include an option to pay into an offset fund. There are two intentions of this fund:

  • to directly and locally undo the impacts of this energy use through renewable energy or energy efficiency projects.
  • to accelerate the ever changing best management practices for energy efficiency in the marijuana growing industry

The proposed offset fee would be 3.29 cents per kWh, which is based on the current carbon intensity of Xcel’s fuel supply and the social cost of carbon from the Federal Office of Management and Budget.

Show your support for investing locally in carbon mitigation. Clean Energy Action believes that creating this fund would be a great start to showing the true cost of our energy use.

Featured photo by James A Artis on Flickr

Success! Rally to Protect Energy Efficiency

Thanks to all those who came out to protect the environmental and economic benefits of demand side management!

We have won a strategic victory. The PUC staff have recommended a rejection of Xcel’s plan to slash the program:

Though the demand-side management (DSM) landscape in Colorado is changing, Public Service Company of Colorado’s (Public Service or the Company) DSM plans continue to be cost effective and DSM should continue to be aggressively pursued. –DSM Strategic Issues – Trial Staff’s Statement of Position

Thanks again to everyone who showed up, shared their voice and passion to this important cause.


Stand up Against Xcel’s Proposal to Cut the
Demand Side Management Program

Tuesday, May 6th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lincoln Park, Veterans Memorial

Xcel is proposing to drastically cut their funding for their Demand Side Management (DSM) program. This program has been highly effective at deploying cost effective energy efficiency and load-shifting techniques to reduce our demand for fossil fuels.

Join us to put pressure on the PUC to not allow Xcel to defund this critical program. Jonny 5 from the Flobots will be MC’ing and providing musical entertainment!

See here a full explanation of the DSM program and Xcel’s current proposal.

This rally is a collaboration between Clean Energy Action, The Sierra Club, Frack Free Colorado, and others.

Support Sustainability on Earth Day

Boulder County Sustainability Funding Hearing

Tuesday, April 22nd, 4:00 pm
County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Hearing Room
1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

The Boulder County Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss the future of sustainability funding.  TABOR interferes, however this conversation may help us consider a county wide carbon tax that would fund energy efficiency and distributed generation. There are plenty of high-impact, low cost measures that could decrease our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and we think a carbon tax is the way to fund these programs.

Join us & show you care this Earth Day!

 

photo by NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center

Climate Action Across America

“Climate Action Across America” is a week-long, nation-wide, grass-roots effort next week (April 21 to April 25) to ask Congress to join the fight against climate change.  Our Congressional representatives are scheduled for a “constituent work week” that week, following Easter, so this is a great opportunity to call, write, or meet with our Congressional delegation or their staff about the need to support climate action.

On Saturday, April 26, the week will conclude with a rally in Washington, DC, to urge President Obama and Congress to reject the Keystone XL “export” pipeline, and to protect America’s people, land, water, and climate from the tar sands pipeline.  For more details, visit www.350.org.

In Colorado, here are in-state phone numbers to call to ask for a meeting or to leave a message supporting federal action to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for future climate disasters:

Wherever you live in Colorado, please call all of your Congressional representatives.  Regardless of their prior views on climate change, they need to hear from growing numbers of citizens who are concerned about climate change and willing to call their offices.

On Twitter, you can participate in “Climate Action Across America” by using the hash tags #ActOnClimate, #ClimateActionAcrossAmerica, and #CongressJoinTheClimateFight.

Colorado PUC takes the next bite at Net Metering

On April 9, the Commissioners of the Colorado PUC held a three hour informational meeting with presentations from Xcel, the collective solar parties, the Colorado Energy Office, the Office of Consumer Council, and Western Resources Advocates. The outlines of the process will start to firm up in May, but the parties laid out some general ideas for process and substance in PowerPoint presentations before a packed house.

As a quick recap, remember that this matter spun off from the 2014 RES compliance docket at the motion of the Colorado Energy Office. Their argument was, essentially, that if the value of solar was going to be debated it should get its own hearing instead of being stuck in the compliance plan almost as a sideshow. The CEO argued that severing the issues would “increase transparency and allow stakeholders from across the state to participate in the dialog related to incremental costs, net metering incentives, and solar energy rates.” (CEO motion 21 Jan 2014) The commissioners deliberated on the motion at their weekly meeting on January 29 and granted that motion shortly thereafter with much hand wringing about the structure of the new proceeding.

In response to that hand wringing, the commissioners held this informational meeting with the parties directed to discuss their “recommendations on the substantive issues the Commission should address in this proceeding, objectives the Commission should meet, and the best procedures satisfying those objectives.” (Decision No. C14-0294 in proceeding 14M-0235E) Continue reading Colorado PUC takes the next bite at Net Metering