Troeger: Plans clean up the air
In regards to EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan:
No matter how much the deniers, industry apologists and ideologues try to twist the facts and attack science, health-robbing air pollution and manmade climate change are real. Fortunately, Colorado is a nationwide leader in addressing both.
Between 2005 and 2014, Colorado added over 2,000 MW of low-cost renewable energy — 800 MW of additional renewables are currently under construction. Both Xcel and Tri-State have announced plans for even more (in order to meet preexisting state renewable energy standards of 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively). According to Xcel, our existing grid can safely, reliability and inexpensively handle this increase in renewable generation.
Also, more than $60 million in energy efficiency improvements were installed in homes in all 64 counties, saving 6,360,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and helping to lower energy costs for low-income households.
In short, Colorado has a long and successful history of cleaning up its air and energy mix while protecting ratepayers with lower than national average electricity prices.
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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
The Clean Power Plan, when it’s released in August, will help us build off that history. In fact, Colorado is well on its way to meeting its necessary reductions already.
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A Steamboat Springs local for 25 years and avid bike rider for more than 40, Butch Boucher previously had only one common surgery in his lifetime, and not even any stitches, before he crashed onto…