Colorado is briskly decarbonizing electricity, but huge challenges remain. What is the role for a grassroots group like CRES?
Colorado Renewable Energy Society
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.
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.
Colo. State Rep. Tracey Bernett says indoor gas stoves will soon be seen the way lead paint is now. State Sen. Chris Hansen talks about agrivoltaics.
A settlement agreement proposes to retire Comanche 3 sooner and identifies a 25-year yardstick for evaluating the need for new natural gas plants. It also punts some key decisions.
With an incentive here, a mandate there, state legislators hope to nudge buildings to a low-emissions future of heating and cooling.
This is the energy transition, messy and complicated, with much to like—but also much about which to disagree.