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Tell it to the PUC

Dear Editor:

One of the most important issues facing the Roaring Fork Valley, and the world, is the challenge of fighting climate change with clean energy and energy efficiency.

Because we believe action on these issues is much too slow given the scale and scope of the problem, we have convened a group of local businesspeople to identify, think about, and help implement solutions. Because we’re focused on results, we’ll be identifying issues that are current and pressing, then working on our own, and with other willing entities ” nonprofits, towns, counties, businesses and individuals ” to address them.

The first item on our docket could not be more pressing. Right now, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to exercise its regulatory authority over one of the largest utilities in the region, Tristate Generation and Transmission Association.

Tristate has a long-standing commitment to coal-fired power, and is currently pursuing the expansion of yet another coal plant in Kansas. This is merely business as usual and puts the risk of unmitigated climate change and the costs of forthcoming carbon regulation directly onto their customers. With proper oversight authority, the PUC will be able to steer Tristate toward a more diverse power mix that mitigates risk and provides greater environmental protection.

Please help make this happen by writing a letter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 250; Denver, CO 80202 by April 6. Tell them you want the PUC to regulate Tristate to protect the climate and ensure stable electricity rates. You can do this as an individual, a business, a school, a community or a nonprofit.

Jon Fox-Rubin, CEO, Fiberforge

Gavin Brooke, principal, Land and Shelter

Dan Richardson, senior energy consultant, Schmeuser Gordon Meyer

Chris Lane

Anson Fogel, CEO, InPower

Auden Schendler, executive director, sustainability, Aspen Skiing Co.


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