Troeger: Plans clean up the air |

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. 

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.

Jeff Troeger

Steamboat Springs

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