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CNEE Releases “Craig, Colorado: Coal Town in Transition” Video Series

The Center for the New Energy Economy today released a series of micro-documentaries— Craig, Colorado, Coal Town in Transition —that provides an up-close look at a rural, Colorado town facing an economic transition away from coal. The four-part series is designed to spark conversations and increase understanding across the urban-rural divide by illustrating the reality of a local community facing the closure of Craig’s two mines and coal power plant within the coming decade. In partnership with Clouds North Films, the series centers local voices and the real-life impacts of policy, drawing connections and detailing choices and consequences of decisions, including how to build an equitable transition for a community of “can do” people. From the coal miner’s daughter and successful entrepreneur, to the mineworker, schoolteacher, and the county official, the subjects of the series all voice their thoughts on their community’s future — from worry to hope. The series encourages viewers to listen to coal country voices and consider how energy policy can shape and drive not only the fate of coal mines and plants but inspire cleaner energy solutions, more effective state decision-making, and community and economic resilience.

Watch the series and learn more here:

Join Governor Ritter and Other Panelists at Colorado State University’s Virtual International Symposium: A Burning World

Climate change is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid or deny. It has become part of daily life for too many people on every continent. During the past couple of years, the world has seen unprecedented wildfires — from Australia to the Amazon, in the Arctic, and in Central Asia. Last year, Colorado and California also experienced their worst fire seasons on record, causing devastation on a scale never seen before. Changes in climate have not only made forests more susceptible to fire directly, but warmer and drier conditions have increased the vulnerability of many forests to pests and invasive plants which are altering our ecology and leaving forests ever more vulnerable to uncontrollable fires.

Wildfires on the scale we’ve been experiencing pose great risk to human health and cause unprecedented environmental and economic devastation. Air pollutants can spread thousands of miles to contaminate the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. This panel will discuss increased wildfire activity, the root causes of climate change, and the cost to human health and society.

Register for the webinar on Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time

CSU (CNEE) Report Finds States Enacted More Than 3,500 Energy Bills Between 2013-2019

Colorado Politics Reports on CNEE’s Seven Years of Advanced Energy Action 2013-2019 State Legislation in Review: 

“A new report from the Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy has found that shifts in public opinion about the climate as well as changes within energy markets have influenced state legislatures’ energy policies since 2013.”

Read the full article on Colorado Politics.

Seven Years of Advanced Energy Action: 2013-2019 State Legislation in Review

FORT COLLINS, CO – As state legislatures around the nation prepare for the 2021 session, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has published a new analysis of advanced energy-related legislation enacted by the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The report, “Seven Years of Advanced Energy Action: 2013 – 2019 State Legislation in Review,” uses Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL Tracker) data to look back at the 3,542 advanced energy-related bills enacted by state policymakers between 2013 and 2019. CNEE’s team also highlights notable federal policy and market developments impacting state policy decisions.

States have taken the lead in developing the climate and energy policies that drive clean energy adoption. The period between 2013 and 2019 was characterized by shifts in public opinion concerning energy and climate, dramatic changes in energy markets, and technological innovation. Managing energy supply and demand has become more complex, and as technological progress accelerates, state legislatures have been empowered to lay the policy groundwork to transform energy markets. State responses anticipating and reacting to systemic changes have varied widely. Tracking state legislative activity is important for understanding the direction of U.S. energy policy.

Between 2013 and 2019, state-level decision-makers enacted transformative energy policies, and one of the most significant trends to emerge is the gravitation toward energy policy integration at the state level. That is, between 2016 and 2019, state legislatures more frequently employed omnibus legislation to comprehensively address energy, environmental, justice, and climate policy.

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