On June 2nd, E2 Rocky Mountains chapter hosted an event, “E2@15: Winds of Change” to both celebrate E2’s 15th anniversary and the release of a new report, "Winds of Change", detailing the economic impacts of – and the threats to – Colorado's burgeoning wind industry. Governor Hickenlooper kicked off the event by speaking briefly about the economic benefits of the wind industry and citing E2's just-released report and industry data. We also heard from Susan Reilly, past Chair of the American Wind Industry Association (AWEA), and four state legislators discussed the importance of business support for Colorado’s environment and economy.

 
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Left to right: E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate Susan Nedell; Representative Jeni Arndt; Representative Mike Foote; Representative Max Tyler; Senator Matt Jones.

 
The Rocky Mountains Chapter and a few chapter members will be highlighted in Colorado’s Climate Plan, as an example of Colorado businesses coming together to form a coalition to deal with climate issues. Our chapter members are providing examples of how they are making a difference to mitigate the effects of climate change.

 

During 2015 legislative session in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains chapter performed vital advocacy work.  The chapter helped defeat legislation that would have rolled back Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (SB15-44) and prevented Colorado from implementing its own strategy for EPA’s Clean Power Plan (SB15-258).  We supported efforts to promote renewable energy (HB15-1219: Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credit For Renewable Energy) and energy efficiency (HB15-1236: Tax credit for improving energy efficiency in multi-family homes and commercial buildings, unfortunately failed to pass), as well as policies that promote conservation and reuse of our precious water resources.
 
ROX member and Chapter Director Joel Serface joined E2’s 2015 Washington Advocacy Trip.

 
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E2 in Action: Clean energy champion U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (center) between E2 Rox Chapter Director Joel Serface (right) and E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe (left), along with E2 members (L-R) Tom Jarecki (NY); James Marvin (Boston); Tony Bernhardt (San Francisco).

Joel’s team met with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner’s staff, who expressed support of wind and solar tax initiatives and the work of NREL. The team also met with energy staffers for clean energy champion Representative Diane DeGette, who expressed interest in working with E2 ROX in the future.

– Susan Nedell is E2's Rocky Mountains Advocate.

ROX Chapter in the News:
 
E2 ROX member Op Ed published in The Pueblo Chieftain, February 28, 2015
A Common Sense Solution to Problem by ROX member and Chapter Director Joel Serface
 
Denver Business Journal: Colorado’s Wind Industry supports thousands of jobs
 
KGNU News: Wind energy industry creating jobs in Colorado
 
BizWest (Boulder/Northern Colorado): Colorado home to nearly 1 in 10 US wind-energy jobs
 
EE News: Colorado should expand RPS and target wind for EPA carbon rule
 
Blue Green Alliance: Winds of Change
 
Huffington Post/Bob Keefe’s blog: How Clean Energy Works for Colorado
 
NRDC Switchboard/Noah Long’s blog: Colorado wind energy is booming.  Will the state continue to lead in the decades ahead?