This primer is designed to give state legislators an understanding of some of the issues that Colorado’s cooperative distribution utilities face
in 2019. The purpose is to identify the source of, provide context for, and point out conflicts that have arisen around these issues.
Of Colorado’s 56 utilities, 22 are rural cooperatives. This primer focuses on the 18 rural cooperative utilities that are served by and which are under contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State G&T). While this policy primer does not suggest specific legislation, the intent is to identify and explain some of the issues that have arisen in the Tri-State/cooperative distribution utility relationship that are driving much of the current dissatisfaction from some local cooperatives and their customers, in Colorado.
December 2018 — In this guest blog post, the Center for the New Energy Economy discusses the trend of closing coal plants and mines and the impact these transitioning economies have on communities around the U.S.
Featured in Prometheus: the Science Policy Blog for University of Colorado’s Center for Science and Technology Research. Originally created in 2004, Prometheus is designed to create an informal outlet for news, information, and opinion on science and technology policy.
April 2018 — In this report, the Center for the New Energy Economy identifies clean energy opportunities in the agricultural sector and indicates policy changes and programs that will maximize the use of agricultural land in a manner that benefits agricultural producers, electric utilities, and the community. While this report focuses on Colorado’s agricultural sector, it can also be used as a model to promote the adoption of clean energy technologies in the agricultural sectors of other states and regions.
Since the late 1990s, state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) have been the largest drivers of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. However, state target dates are quickly approaching: by 2026, 29 RPS and 11 EERS policies will need to be extended or replaced in order to maintain market certainty for continued investment and business growth.
In this paper series, the Center for the New Energy Economy analyzes energy efficiency policies (Parts 1 and 2) and renewable energy policies (Parts 3 and 4). Parts 1 and 3 discuss the prospects for extending and enhancing established policies and Parts 2 and 4 propose innovative options that could work with or without an EERS and RPS.
Powering Forward Report
At the suggestion of the White House, the Center for the New Energy Economy convened more than 100 of America’s thought leaders to identify additional steps the President and his Administration could take to address climate change and the nation’s transition to clean energy. The result was Powering Forward, a report containing more than 200 new ideas for presidential action on five specific topics: energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation fuels, responsible natural gas production, and 21st century business models for electric utilities. Although the Obama Administration implemented many of the ideas, Powering Forward remains a useful resource for the 2016 presidential candidates and the next Administration.
Click here to watch Bill Ritter’s interview
on E&E TV on January 22, 2014.