Wind power: A Coloradan success story

Colorado already generates enough energy from wind turbines to power 500,000 homes, growing nearly 40 percent in 2011 alone, and supporting thousands of jobs in our state. But the continued success of wind power is at risk — both in Colorado and acros the nation — if Congress does not act now.

At stake: Our clean energy future.

This year, critical federal tax credits for renewable energy are set to expire. If Congress does not renew them, the wind industry will likely lose at least 1,400 Colorado jobs, and we will lose hard-won momentum on clean energy.

With powerful polluting interests like the coal and oil industry lobbying against these incentives, Congress needs to stand up for wind power and the future of clean energy in Colorado and the rest of America.

Inspiring support

The biggest polluters have powerful influence in Washington, D.C., and they have worked to build opposition and political stalemate on clean energy advancement, putting our progress at risk. But even though polluters have loud voices and deep pockets, there is no denying that wind power has been a success in Colorado and nationwide — creating pollution-free energy, a cleaner and healthier future, and much-needed green jobs.

Because of that success, clean energy incentives have gained bipartisan political and public support that we can mobilize to convince Congress to act now. So Environment Colorado is bringing citizens together to give our decision-makers the support they need to make sure clean energy tax credits are extended before the end of the year.

Together we can win

Members and supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in Washington, D.C., and build the grassroots support necessary to create a clean energy future for all Americans. Call on our legislators to defend wind power today.

Clean Energy updates

News Release | Environment Colorado

Renewable Energy Standard Shines On- HB10-1001 Groundbreaking 30% RES Passes First House Floor Vote

Legislation to expand and strengthen Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard (RES), the cornerstone to this year's New Energy Economy agenda, passed on 2nd reading today in the House on a party line vote. 

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House Committee Passes Increase to Renewable Energy Standard, Takes Necessary Step in Repowering Colorado’s Economy

HB10-1001, today passed out of the Colorado State House Transportation and Energy Committee on a vote of 6-5. Sponsored by Representative Max Tyler (D-Lakewood/Golden), House Bill 1001 calls for an increase in the state’s Renewable Energy Standard from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2020.

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Gov. Ritter Announces Major Boost to Renewable Energy Standard

New Energy Economy legislation will require nearly one-third of electricity come from clean energy sources and will create thousands of good-paying jobs.

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Ritter balances budget, makes sound judgment for environment

The following press statement is by Pam Kiely, legislative program director of Environment Colorado

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Environment Colorado praises clean energy focus in state of the state, legislative agenda

Gov. Ritter’s address today shows he will be bold and strong in his last year in office.

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