Regional News Briefs

March

SWEEP's statement on air quality funding measures unveiled today in the Colorado General Assembly

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) expresses support for a sweeping package of air quality funding measures unveiled today in the Colorado General Assembly.

Elise Jones, Executive Director for SWEEP, issued the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Polis and state legislative leaders for prioritizing clean air and a healthy climate for all Coloradans through the introduction of this ambitious legislative package.

As our state suffers the accelerating impacts of drought, wildfires and other climate disasters and the Denver metro area faces being downgraded to severe non-attainment of the federal ozone standard, these investments are both necessary and overdue.

From electrifying school buses and bikes, to making rapid transit more frequent and affordable, to building better homes and greening our industrial sector, these measures will help clean up our air, reduce utility bills, cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve Coloradans’ health, expand mobility choices, and spur clean energy job creation.

We urge the legislature to support these bold investments and to go even further in advancing solutions to provide clean transportation choices and reduce pollution from heavy duty trucks and industrial sites that disproportionately burden public health and quality of life in nearby neighborhoods.”

Read the full story here.

January

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s ambitious targets for reducing fossil-fuel emissions in Colorado

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s submission of a Colorado Electric Resource Plan settlement agreement includes ambitious and important targets for reducing the utility’s fossil-fuel emissions between 2025 and 2030. The agreement provides significant benefits above and beyond Tri-State’s Responsible Energy Plan announced in 2020. The new agreement establishes a declining trajectory for greenhouse gas emissions caused by Tri-State’s wholesale sales of electricity in Colorado. Tri-State is committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 26% by 2025, 36% by 2026, and 46% by 2027, compared with 2005 levels. Tri-State plans to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and take important steps to ensure the emission reductions it is claiming are not double counted.

Read the full brief here.