Can Colorado get to 100 percent renewable energy? It’s complicated, utilities say

Xcel Energy’s Rush Creek Wind Farm and Transmission project turbines along CR 149 in Matheson mix agriculture and technology in the largest single-phase wind project in the United States, Sept. 18, 2018 in Matheson./Joe Amon, The Denver Post


Utility executives say issues of carbon reduction, portfolio diversity are important

By Judith Kohler | The Denver Post

With one of Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates promoting 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, utility executives were asked during a summit Monday if that’s an achievable goal.

The answer: It’s complicated.

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has set a goal of having all the electricity on the state’s grid come from renewable sources by 2040. His Republican opponent in the Nov. 6 election, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, has criticized the plan as too expensive.

Kent Singer, executive director of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, asked some of the folks who help keep the lights on if 100 percent renewable energy sources is “the right goal and is that truly achievable?”

It depends on what is included among renewable sources and what the true goal is, the utility executives said during a panel discussion at the electric association’s Energy Innovations Summit in downtown Denver.


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