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Mayor’s Conversation Resources

Thanks to everyone who attended the Mayor’s Conversation about Climate and Local Clean Energy! For those who are interested, a member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society recorded the event and you can watch it below.
 
 
Additionally, here are the materials that were presented.
 
Overview:
 
Microgrids:
 
Fracking in Boulder County:
 
Community Power and Energy Democracy:

save the date: microgrid summit 11/8

When: November 8th, 2019 from 8:30am to 3pm

Where: Independence Institute – 727 E. 16th Ave. Denver, CO 80203 

Please join Clean Energy Action for the first-ever Microgrid Summit on November 8th! Independence Institute Energy and Environmental Policy Center and Clean Energy Action are combining forces to shed light on the increasingly important topic of Microgrids.

Microgrids, which allow individuals and businesses to share the electricity they generate, are a growing global trend in electricity generation and distribution. Join us and our lineup of microgrid experts as we explore this interesting, alternative option to our current centralized grid. Our speakers will discuss everything from what a microgrid is to their wide appeal across the political spectrum as well as what obstacles face Coloradans who may want to invest.

For more information on agenda, speakers, or otherwise, please go to i2i.org/microgrid-summit.

Please get your tickets using the same link above. Not able to attend in person? This event will also be live-streamed for those unable to make the trip to Denver.

This will be the first-ever event of its kind and we truly hope you will attend this exciting, important and informative Summit. See you there!

CEA Leads Coloradans in Challenging XCEL

The effort to decarbonize Colorado’s largest electricity supplier, Xcel Energy, advanced in Denver last month as Coloradans lined up to speak at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission hearing on Xcel’s 2016 Electric Resource Plan. Members of CEA led Coloradans from all walks of life in voicing their concerns about Colorado’s electricity future.

The hearing room at the Public Utilities Commission was overflowing as the people of Colorado addressed the three PUC Commissioners. They expressed a host of concerns about Xcel’s plan,  and asked for more focus on the abundance of cost-effective renewable energy available in Colorado, in accordance with Colorado’s laws and regulations.

The PUC is a part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, and is responsible for regulating many parts of our state’s utilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

 

Issues raised during the public testimony included the need to:

  • Consider climate change and the urgency of reducing carbon emissions
  • Increase the reliance on renewable energy in order to reduce both emissions and costs
  • Accelerate the adoption of storage technologies to support the integration of higher levels of renewable energy
  • Begin contingency planning in the event of future coal bankruptcies and potential coal supply constraints
  • Allow new, cleaner resources to replace energy generation from older, dirtier, more expensive fossil fuel resources

Citizen witnesses also discussed the need to analyze the choices between renewable energy (with no future fuel costs) and fossil fuel resources (with billions of dollars of future fuel costs) using lower discount rates. A lower discount rate will show increased savings from cost-effective renewable energy because future fuel costs won’t be so heavily discounted.

Discounting the approximately $60 billion in future fuel costs associated with Xcel’s Electric Resource Plan at Xcel’s Weighted Average Cost of Capital (“WACC”) will have the effect of shrinking these future fuel costs and also shrinking the savings that will come from cost-effective renewable energy resources like wind and solar that don’t have future fuel costs.

More details on Xcel’s Electric Resource Plan and the key issues, including the importance of the choice of discount rate, are available in the public comment filing made by Clean Energy Action Board member Leslie Glustrom.

CEA is grateful that the new appointees to the Colorado PUC , Chairperson Jeff Ackerman and Commissioner Wendy Moser, along with Commissioner Frances Koncilja, are dedicated to hearing from the public and that the public is well enough informed to provide useful and compelling testimony!

You can also check out Christi Turner’s comprehensive article in Boulder Weekly and learn more about this important step froward in the fight for cheaper, cleaner power.