CRES has been busy in recent years trying to advance Colorado’s clean energy agenda. The most compelling evidence of success is a law that tilts the table on natural gas to favor efficiency measures.
CRES grew 10-fold in membership, held annual conferences, then tried to spread its wings. That didn’t work out exactly as hoped. Why not? Opinions vary.
When running for governor, Bill Ritter thought it important to visit little places sparse on Democrats. He also began talking about a new energy economy.
As a farm boy, Bill Ritter loathed wind. But when he ran for governor, renewables put wind at his back.
Failing at the Capitol, advocates took their case directly to voters The outcome — the first voter-initiated renewables mandate — was national news.
In 2000, Colorado’s largest utility rejected a major project . Why? A team that included CRES fought back. The result: Colorado Green — followed by others. Others followed.
Colorado in the late 1970s had a convergence of people who thought there had to be another way to power a civilization. Among them were the founders of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.
A more volatile climate. Closing coal plants. Loss of hydro power. Will there enough electricity if temperatures hit 115 degrees in Colorado and beyond?
In Steamboat Springs, not an easy decision about a new city hall and fire station. Worries about disrupting hot springs help make geothermal a no-show
Homes with no natural gas are arising along Pueblo’s prairie fringe. Has the market arrived for high-performance homes?
Appointments to a new board that will shape building energy codes in Colorado have been announced.
Colorado’s San Luis Valley rips with solar potential but lacks a way to get the electricity to market. What will it take? A conversation is beginning at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.