Sunday, January 23, 2011


   Sign-on deadline extended due to popular demand!
It's not enough to be against what we don't want - its time to start working for what we DO want!

Distributed Renewable Energy Generation
and a REAL jobs program for Colorado!

Send your name and place of residence to:

We will include your virtual signature in a letter of support 
to Gov. Hickenlooper and Colorado legislators, for:

A Legislatively Authorized Independent Study 
On Distributed Renewable Energy Generation, 
Priority Grid Connectivity for Renewables of All Scale, and Compensation to Energy Generators at a Fixed, Premium Rate of Return.

Introduction and Purpose

For the past 12 months, a collaborative of individuals from across Colorado has met to discuss methods to improve renewable energy policy in the state. While Colorado has benefited from leadership on the matter, additional policy changes are needed  to maintain and grow this industry, a proven driver of our clean tech economy.  This document identifies the scope of a legislatively authorized independent study, focused on specific aspects to improve economic incentives and grid access for distributed generation.


An independent study of the economic development and job creation opportunities in Colorado derived from deploying locally generated renewable energy via a legislatively enacted policy mechanism that covers all forms of renewable energy generation:

    • Connects all producers of renewable energy to local distribution in a timely fashion;
    • Compensates producers for the entire cost of their system plus a modest rate of return through a long-term must-take contract with the local utility;
    • Covers costs through small utility rate increases;
    • Applies to electricity and heat generation;
    • Has a defined lifetime, and is not a policy intended to run in perpetuity.

Specific points of research and inquiry

The independent study would assess, but not be limited to the following:

·      The economic impact of a market-based approach to increasing renewable generation on a utility-by-utility basis. Municipal, Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) and Rural Electric Associations (REAs) would be examined, with outcome data that includes:
1) potential job creation and preservation per region and per renewables sector;
2) rate impact assessment;
3) avoided costs to the utility;
4) attraction of new capital to the state;
5) attraction of new businesses to the state;
6) expansion of revenue streams for farmers and ranchers;
7) passive income for citizens living on fixed incomes;
8) revenue for the state.

Need more information?

An energy "Feed-in" incentive creates investment autonomy for all distributed clean energy producers and is the key policy tool that catapulted Germany to the forefront of renewable energy generation in little more than a decade.  The tiny, northern latitude country, the size of Colorado and New Mexico combined, has more than half of the world's renewable energy - 8 GW of small scale, decentralized renewable energy generation, installed in 2010 alone. The policy has spread throughout Europe, the UK and Canada, California, New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii and a spattering of municipalities in the US. This is the policy tool we need to spur the cost-effective and robust adoption of renewable energy in Colorado.  It's not only good for the environment, it creates hundreds of times more jobs than centralized solar/wind and empowers individuals and communities to own and control energy production and use.  

Read more here.
Read about how Germany emerged as a leader in renewable energy here.
Here's a short video on how Germany got started:

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Marilyn Walker said...

Colorado is blessed to have abundant renewable energy resources. We could be leaders in renewable energy, if we have the courage and conviction to create the regulatory environment needed to make this happen.<a href="></a>

Anonymous said...

You are so right, Marilyn. The citizens of Colorado need to work hard to get this legislation through, its what we need to spur green community power throughout the state. The utility industry will, no doubt, do everything it can to kill it.