Wind power for Colorado
Colorado generates the 6th-most wind energy of any state in the country: enough to power 500,000 homes. Yet some in Colorado want to end key incentives for wind power—just when we need them most.
Wind power: A Coloradan success story
Colorado already generates enough energy from wind turbines to power 500,000 homes, growing nearly 40 percent in 2011 alone, and supporting thousands of jobs in our state. But the continued success of wind power is at risk — both in Colorado and acros the nation — if Congress does not act now.
At stake: Our clean energy future.
This year, critical federal tax credits for renewable energy are set to expire. If Congress does not renew them, the wind industry will likely lose at least 1,400 Colorado jobs, and we will lose hard-won momentum on clean energy.
With powerful polluting interests like the coal and oil industry lobbying against these incentives, Congress needs to stand up for wind power and the future of clean energy in Colorado and the rest of America.
The biggest polluters have powerful influence in Washington, D.C., and they have worked to build opposition and political stalemate on clean energy advancement, putting our progress at risk. But even though polluters have loud voices and deep pockets, there is no denying that wind power has been a success in Colorado and nationwide — creating pollution-free energy, a cleaner and healthier future, and much-needed green jobs.
Because of that success, clean energy incentives have gained bipartisan political and public support that we can mobilize to convince Congress to act now. So Environment Colorado is bringing citizens together to give our decision-makers the support they need to make sure clean energy tax credits are extended before the end of the year.
Together we can win
Members and supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in Washington, D.C., and build the grassroots support necessary to create a clean energy future for all Americans. Call on our legislators to defend wind power today.
Tell Congress to defend the future of wind power in Colorado.
- 30% of Colorado’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2020, thanks to a policy we helped pass.
- Colorado’s eastern plains could provide enough energy to power our state 8 times over.
- In 2011, more than 5,000 Coloradans worked for the wind industry.
- Colorado’s commitment to clean energy has brought $500 million in venture capital to our state.