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Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for millions of Coloradans. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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News Release | Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center

Report: Action on Global Warming in Colorado Critical to the Future of the Outdoors and Outdoor Industry

Durango, CO –Colorado is poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut an amount of global warming pollution equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure, helping to mitigate global warming impacts like fire and drought on the outdoor recreation industry in the state. 

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Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

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The Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center report, Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society, found that the value of solar energy, on average, was higher than the average local residential retail electricity rate. In other words: utilities were likely underpaying solar panel owners, not subsidizing them. 

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Shining Rewards

A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.

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