On Earth Day, coalition of groups including Environment Colorado and the CoPIRG Foundation delivered over 6,000 petitions and dozens of letters from elected officials to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), calling on them to reject a proposal by Xcel Energy to scale back their energy savings programs. At stake is $600 million in savings for Xcel’s approximately 1.4 million customers.
As temperatures warm up and the next season of wildfires draws near, Colorado is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard, are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center. The report, Moving America Forward, showed that Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard saved 3.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere in 2012. That is comparable to the annual emissions from over 750,000 cars.
Nearly 300 concerned Coloradans converged in Denver to oppose a proposal from Xcel Energy to roll back one of the state’s most successful solar programs. The energetic crowd braved wintery temperatures to deliver nearly 30,000 petition signatures urging Xcel to withdraw its proposal and keep Colorado solar shining.
A new Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center report finds that power plants are Colorado's single largest source of carbon pollution. The report comes three days before the Obama administration and the EPA are due to release new standards to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.
Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center released a new report about extreme weather events in Colorado and the extent to which local communities are impacted by these events. The report details the science linking extreme weather events to global warming, and the potential of these events becoming even more common and severe in the future.