E2 has been working hard to raise business voices in support of The Clean Power Plan nationwide. In the days before the rule, we released a Colorado-specific Press Release, and blog that details the state economic benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Learn more specific details for Colorado in this issue brief from NRDC: Colorado’s Clean Energy Future.
Following the release of E2’s Winds of Change report, guest commentary, “In Colorado, more jobs, less carbon” was published in the Denver Post at the beginning of July.
Colorado is featured in E2’s Q2 Clean Energy Jobs Report. Colorado is No. 8 in the nation for Clean Jobs generation; ROX Chapter Director Michael Rucker developed two wind farms cited in the report (Carousel Wind Power Project in Kit Carson County and the Golden West Wind Energy Project in El Paso County); and ROX Member Eric Blank (and co-founder of Community Energy) developed renewable projects in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
ROX members Michael Rucker, RJ Harrington, and ROX friend, Kevin Morse met with Senator Bennet’s Denver staff on September 8, about the Clean Power Plan. Our team clearly and effectively discussed their business experiences and how they relate to furthering Colorado's economic prosperity and strong environmental policy. We reinforced a good relationship and the staff expressed interest in calling on us for additional information, facts, etc., as they work on renewable energy, energy efficiency and related policies.
On September 23, E2 ROX hosted “Plugging into Clean Energy” event at The Alliance Center in Denver, while at the same time unveiling E2’s new report, “Plugged into Efficiency: Saving Money, Creating Jobs and Driving Economic Growth Through Energy Efficiency” We heard from the speakers that the Clean Power Plan can reinvigorate Colorado's adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electrical utility innovation. The report was highlighted in the Denver Business Journal article, "More energy efficiency could create jobs, save billions in Colorado, says a report".
Susan Nedell is E2's Rocky Mountains Advocate.