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Colorado Gives Day

Update: We wanted to say thanks to everyone who donated to Clean Energy Action on Colorado Gives Day. We truly appreciate all of your support.

We will continue to be your voice and stand up for a stable climate. We know that we have a long way to go to get our energy system on track. There is a lot of work to do and we are doing our best to keep the conversation in Colorado focused on what would will take to rapidly shift to a clean, renewable energy society. To find out more about what we’ve been up to, see the two recent Clean Energy Action articles below.

Give Where You Live For Colorado Gives Day!

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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.

Set up your recurring donation today!
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.

THANK YOU!

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?

April iGive Challenge

Sign up in April for an iGive Account
CEA gets a $5 donation

Sign up now

iGive.com

It’s as easy as that – make an account and CEA automatically gets a donation from iGive. After that, anytime you shop from one of the 1,400 online shopping platforms, iGive will give a portion of the sales to Clean Energy Action. And it’s all automatic if you install the iGive button.

iGive Description

iGive is the first online shopping mall where a portion of each purchase is donated to your favorite cause. Established in 1997 for one purpose: to turn everyday online shopping into donations for worthy causes, at no cost to shoppers or the causes they support.

Shopping with iGive

When iGive members shop, an “iGive Cookie” is assigned to your browser. This tells the store, “Here is an iGive Member” using a meaningless member ID number. The store reports back with this number and the amounts for the donation to your cause. iGive never has access to any payment information.

After using an iGive link to the store’s website, you shop as you normally would. There are no extra steps, nor iGive notifications when making payments.

Why sign up & share with your friends?

  • When they shop, they’ll help Clean Energy Action or their own favorite cause. Why not let them take advantage of over 1,400 stores that want to help?
  • The average shopper is raising over $30 – $100 a year for their cause … all for free.
  • It’s simple and automatic..
  • Five bucks free, just for trying us out.
  • The more iGive members, the better the deals we can get from stores.

Welcome Namasté Solar as CEA’S 2014 Sponsor

Namaste vertical Logo_CMYKWe at Clean Energy Action are proud  to welcome Namasté Solar as one of our new sponsors for the 2014 year! Namasté Solar, a certified B-Corporation and a reputation for being one of Colorado’s top solar installers, holds the same values for holistic wealth and community engagement as Clean Energy Action. An employee-owned company, Namasté Solar has been recognized by multiple national awards for the quality of work done by its highly-trained and deeply committed staff. In addition, Namasté Solar has one of the highest concentrations of NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installers of any Colorado solar energy company.

We are proud to announce that Namasté Solar is offering a $500 discount on their solar installations and will donate $500 for every new customer!

See here for more details on the sponsorship.

Clean Energy Action Announces New Executive Director

Clean Energy Action (CEA) is pleased to announce RJ Harrington, Jr. as Executive Director, beginning April 16, 2012.

In this new role, the organization greatly looks forward to RJ building on CEA’s history of empowering citizens and communities to leverage ever-growing public support for clean energy. Julie Zahniser, CEA Board President, said, “The people of Colorado voted for the first Renewable Portfolio Standard through a ballot initiative in 2004. Since then, our enthusiasm has grown along with the economic and environmental imperatives for cleaner forms of energy and we will continue to lead the nation in the adoption of policies that ensure our energy independence and quality of life. We look forward to RJ bringing his knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm to CEA’s efforts to promote clean energy solutions.”

Clean Energy Action, which works at the local, state and national level to accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world based on clean, renewable energy, conducted a nationwide search.  After several months CEA found an ideal candidate close to home where he has been focused on creating a stable marketplace for solar energy as Policy Director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA). Mr. Harrington has worked tirelessly to bring the benefits of energy independence through solar heat and solar electricity across the state of Colorado.  His roots in Citizen Power are grounded in the days when he first gained knowledge of off-grid solar electric systems two decades ago.