Amidst continuing clashes in the state to curb the energy revolution in Colorado, the Rockies chapter acted in full force to bring their positive voice in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency to the legislature, the EPA, and the Colorado Public Utilities commission (PUC). We also met at an informal gathering with members and friends to be inspired by our speaker, former Governor Bill Ritter (pictured above). We look forward to an upcoming E2 report, to be published before the 2017 legislative session, which will propose an ambitious Clean Energy package for Colorado. Stay tuned for an event to coincide with its publication.
During the final weeks of the 2016 Colorado legislative session, ROX members testified on a number of bills in committee. Here is a quick rundown:
*Members supported HB 16-1004 Measurable Goals Deadlines CO Climate Action Plan, where it was postponed indefinitely in the Senate committee.
*Three bills related to the Clean Power Plan, which had all passed in their Senate committee, were postponed indefinitely in their House Committee: SB16-061 would have created a program to allow electric utilities to recover potential lost profits from implementing the Clean Power Plan; SB16-046 was designed to stall the Clean Power Plan as long as possible; and the title of the last is self explanatory – SB16-157, “Don’t Implement Clean Power Plan Until Stay Lifted.”
*Members supported HB16-1441 Public Utilities Commission Consider the Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Electrical Generation Resource Planning. It passed House Committee, and was postponed indefinitely in Senate Committee.
*Members also advocated for CDPHE’s Air Quality Control Division “Stationary Sources Fund” budget to remain in tact.
*Before Earth Day, members called Gina McCarthy at the EPA to support rules for “existing source methane.”
*The op-ed by Chapter Director, Whitney Painter, “Modernizing coal leasing on public lands boosts Colorado’s economy”, appeared in The Grand Junction Sentinel the same day as the BLM federal coal leasing program public comment session took place in Grand Junction.
*Most recently, the chapter sent a comment letter to the PUC concerning Xcel’s Phase II Rate Case (16AL-0048E) to support rate design policy that should equitably encourage sound energy management, affordability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Members also testified at the related PUC public meeting on June 9.
Former Governor Ritter was our honored guest at a small house event in April. He shared his informed perspective on the forces driving the energy revolution, and the moral imperative to act on climate change. Despite an impending storm, the Governor graciously stayed to sign his new book for guests, “Powering Forward, What Every American Should Know About the Energy Revolution.”
In early June, a small group of members and guests enjoyed breakfast and then toured ROX member, Brice Leconte’s Eliot Flats – a sustainably built, tech driven, apartment community in the heart of Denver’s LoHi neighborhood.
New Members & Chapter Directors
We are very pleased to welcome new members, Don Martinez, Greg Poulos, and Peter Wells, and our grateful members Whitney Painter and Kevin Morse have accepted new roles as Chapter Directors (the chapter now has four, total).
Susan Nedell is E2’s Rocky Mountains Advocate based in Colorado.