With Red Rocks as a backdrop, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced this month that Colorado will take action to ease the threat of catastrophic climate change. He signed an executive order pledging that the state will:
Hickenlooper also pledged to work with interested utilities to maximize the use of renewable energy without increasing costs to taxpayers, create a statewide electric vehicle plan by Jan. 1, partner with local government on locally-led actions and take other steps.
Colorado is also joining the Climate Alliance, a network of states and companies pledging to take climate action in support of the Paris climate accord. Solar advocates applauded the commitments to clean energy.
"The vast majority of our residents, and indeed the country, expect us to help lead the way toward a clean and affordable energy future,'' Hickenlooper said. ``In this process, we no doubt can address climate change while keeping a priority on household budgets."
Trade Case Threatening Solar Industry Nears Hearing Date
On August 15, the International Trade Commission is slated to hold a hearing on a petition from Suniva and Solar World seeking tariffs on foreign solar panels. If successful, the petition could double the price of U.S. solar panels and jeopardize tens of thousands of solar jobs in the U.S., including about 2,000 in Colorado.
To get involved in fighting the dangerous threat to the solar industry, please sign up for a new advocacy group. Fill out this form to support the Energy Trade Action Coalition. ETAC is dedicated to fighting the petition and is a pro-free trade, no cost group.
GTM has estimated that Suniva's requested protections would slash new solar projects by two-thirds, or a total of 47 gigawatts by 2022.
COSEIA coordinated collecting signatures from 22 member companies and individuals on a letter to members of the Colorado Congressional delegation asking them to oppose the trade case. Solar supporters are invited to reach out directly to Congressional representatives as well. More information and links to model letters are on our website here.
- Reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26% from 2005 levels by 2025;
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by 25% by 2025 and 35% by 2030 from 2012 levels; and
- Achieve electricity savings of 2% of total electricity sales per year by 2020.