The Colorado Energy Office has released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Colorado, the City of Denver, local governments, private sector companies with large vehicle fleets, and members of the natural gas industry that will help accelerate the deployment of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and the development of associated fueling stations in Colorado to encourage the use of a cleaner, domestic fuel, and contribute to a more diverse transportation energy sector.Read More
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved an 11 kilowatt small hydro project that the San Juan County Historical Society submitted for exemption from federal permitting requirements. The exemption was granted from the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, a bill modeled after a Colorado Energy Office pilot project that was signed into law last August.
Vestas recently announced 3 major orders for wind turbines for U.S. projects. To meet customer demand, Vestas has hired hundreds of new employees this year at its tower factory in Pueblo and plans to bring on additional production workers in the first half of 2014 at its Windsor and Brighton factories.
The CEO recently conducted a study to provide an analysis of the impact of solar photovoltaic (solar PV) systems on the home buying process. The study includes the analysis of 30 homes in the northwest Denver metro area, with homes ranging in sale price from $200,000 to $680,000.
The goal of the study is to better understand the impact solar PV has, if any, on the sales transaction process. Find the whole case study here:
Transportation fuels are a major component of Colorado’s energy portfolio accounting for 30% of all energy use, the largest of any sector in the state. Colorado is in a position to become a key producer and beneficiary in the emerging alternative-fuels economy. We have abundant resources that have great potential as domestic sources for transportation fuels. Diversifying the state’s transportation fuels portfolio will be a key priority for the Colorado Energy Office as it seeks to promote its mission of enhancing energy security, promoting environmental stewardship, creating Colorado jobs, and providing low costs to consumers.
Reducing energy costs for consumers is a key component to the CEO’s mission and vision. Increasing access to information and providing technical resources are just a few ways the CEO promotes energy efficiency in Colorado. The following sections help map out the steps for successful implementation of various efficiency measures in the Commercial, Residential, Agricultural, and Industrial sectors.
The Colorado Energy Office is dedicated to the development and growth of Colorado’s economy. Focusing our efforts to accomplish our mission of creating jobs in Colorado, the CEO strives to make the state a thriving business-friendly environment.
Colorado has the 5 top assets identified by the International Economic Development Council necessary for job creation in the clean energy sector:
•Natural energy source – abundant solar and wind
•Research and development capacity
For more information on the bottom–up approach to economic development, please see the Colorado Blueprint.
One of the Colorado Energy Office goals is to retain Colorado’s position as a low cost energy state while continuing the expansion of the energy industry. CEO will analyze the state’s energy policies and programs to ensure we have the best possible cost-benefit analysis, taking into account job creation, energy security, consumer cost, and environmental protection.
The CEO has recommended the development of an energy policy for the State of Colorado, creating a “Balanced Energy Portfolio,” the details of which will be developed by the CEO through an extensive, analytical stakeholder process to guide our cost-benefit analysis to determine the energy vision for the State’s electric power generation mix, and to inform the Administration on what policy tools and pathways will most effectively and efficiently lead us to this vision.
The CEO plans to engage in a stakeholder process that will evaluate the possibility of a portfolio mix that includes an optimal mix of coal fired generation, natural gas fired generation, and renewable energy.
CEO will recruit stakeholders from utilities, academia, the conservation and environmental community, state government, industry associations, local government, and the Federal government to participate in both the cost-benefit analysis and policy development phases, with a target completion date timed to coincide with the start of the 2013 legislative session. This process will begin in January 2012.
In partnership with local agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy, CEO offers a free Weatherization Program to Colorado’s low-income residents, giving them the opportunity to access cost-effective energy efficiency services through its Weatherization Program. This program gives eligible residents the ability to save money on their energy bills by implementing energy efficiency measures.
Weatherization is a blanket term for a variety of measures that improve the energy efficiency of your home. These cost-effective improvements and upgrades will reduce energy usage, saving you money while improving the comfort of your home year round.
Weatherization improvements may include:
- Energy Audit
- Insulation in Attics and Walls
- Furnace Replacement
- Furnace Safety Testing
- Refrigerator Replacement
- Sealing Air Leaks
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
- Storm Windows and Doors
- Energy Conservation Information
The daily activities of state government have a significant impact on the quality of Colorado’s public health and environment, and use of its natural resources. That’s why, in April 2007, Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., signed the Greening of State Government Executive Orders D011 07 and D012 07. These orders direct state government to achieve the following goals by June 30, 2012.
1. Reduce energy use by 20%
2. Reduce paper use by 20%
3. Reduce water consumption by 10%
4. Reduce state vehicle petroleum consumption by 25% (volumetric reduction)
5. To track and report greening government performance, each state department and campus wil create a sustainability management system.
To help keep Coloradans informed, the CEO posts summaries of bills that have passed when each legislative session ends. Please note that if the legislature is currently in session, you can find the most up-to-date information about bills on the Colorado General Assembly web site.