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Joe Smyth

Researcher and Writer — Freelance

Researcher and writer focused on coal, renewable energy, electric cooperatives, and climate change policy, politics, and impacts

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Nov 22, 2017

Durango faces a different challenge in working with its electric cooperative. Mayor Dick White says he supports a 100% renewable energy goal, but notes that La Plata Electric is limited by its contract with Tri-State - more details from @SJCAlliance

Nov 22, 2017

The @cityofaspen was able to shift to mostly wind and hydroelectric power, in part because of the local control of its municipal utility But it too had to negotiate with its wholesale energy supplier to reach its 100% renewable energy goal in 2015

Nov 22, 2017

While Xcel Energy is the largest utility in Colorado, many communities must negotiate with different electricity providers to meet their renewable energy goals - there are 22 electric cooperatives and 29 municipal utilities in Colorado

Nov 22, 2017

Now, @XcelEnergyCO aims to close two coal units, and move to ~55% renewable energy by 2026 As its President David Eves says: “We have a responsibility to meet our customers’ energy needs. Our customers expect us to provide low-cost power and increase the use of cleaner energy."

Nov 22, 2017

After Breckenridge passed a 100% renewable energy goal, Xcel Energy said it "is proud to be working with Breckenridge to collaboratively advance its renewable energy and carbon reduction goals" That likely reflects some lessons learned from Xcel Energy's experience with Boulder

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