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Colorado could save $2.5 billion by rapidly shutting down its coal power plants

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In the Centennial State, greener and cheaper are one and the same

By David Roberts | Vox

California may get the bulk of the media attention, but when it comes to clean energy, it’s worth keeping an eye on Colorado. There’s an argument to be made that no state is better positioned to accelerate a transition to clean energy.

For one thing, thanks to its bountiful sunlight and wind, Colorado has enormous potential for renewable energy. And most of that potential is untapped: The state gets only 3 percent of its electricity from solar and just under 18 percent from wind.

The political climate is favorable as well. As of this month, Democrats have a “trifecta” in the state, with control over the governorship and both houses of the legislature. The incoming governor, Jared Polis, campaigned on a promise to target 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

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