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Climate and Water

Addressing Climate Change and Water Constraints with Renewable Energy

 

Colorado’s world-class intellectual resources are expected to serve the essential function of expanding policymakers’ insights and analysis regard climate change and other environmental challenges. Talented individuals and institutions in Colorado are well-positioned to maintain the state as a recognized leader in addressing energy and environmental issues, in large part, by planning the transformation of the electricity sector. In addition, Coloradans have an increasing awareness of the energy/water nexus that needs to be addressed in this semi-arid and drought-prone state. The rapid expansion of utility-scale renewable energy in Colorado should be supported until its integration limits are reached. The STAR report describes this growth and discusses the economic and employment benefits that are expected to result. Citizens and policy-makers who actively work to protect and enhance Colorado’s environment, including the need to clean our air, secure clean water, protect wildlife, are urged to turn increasing attention to improve the electricity sector.