Press Release – Denver, Colorado: October 9, 2019
Former Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, Jr. and his team hosted a bi-partisan group of state legislators for a multi-day workshop about a topic of increasing importance: clean energy. Ritter’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) welcomed 27 Republican and Democratic state legislators from 16 states. Attendees came away with a keen understanding of clean energy ideas to take back to their states.
Governor Ritter summed up the event: “Now more than ever, state legislatures are where the most influential energy policy action is taking place. Attendance increased and bipartisanship improved for the Academy this year, just as occurred the year before, revealing there remains enthusiasm for this important work. After the 2019 Academy, attendees expressed an urgency for creating bipartisan clean energy policy solutions, and we are honored to be a part of this effort.”
Legislators and their staff from across the country were inspired and invigorated by the presentations and content of the Academy. Republican Representative Chris Pope of Montana, a 2019 attendee, describes the Academy as a “resource-rich, collaborative experience with fellow legislators from across the political spectrum, who share a vision for transformative state energy policy in support of a clean energy future.”
Attendees emphasized their plans to continue to utilize CNEE’s free, public online resources, such as the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker and the State Policy Opportunity Tracker.
The goals of the Clean Energy Legislative Academy are to teach state legislators and their staff about evolving clean energy policy issues, help them identify clean energy policy opportunities in their state, and provide access to valuable resources and connections to experts. Overall, 75 state legislators have participated in the annual Academy. This year, the Academy’s keynote speakers included Larry Ward of the Conservative Energy Network, Mark Fleming of Conservatives for Clean Energy, Leonard Jones of Moody’s Public Finance Group, Jeff Lyng of Xcel Energy, Walt Musial of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Professor Max Boykoff from the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. The 2019 educational workshops focused on energy storage, electric vehicles, grid modernization, and renewable energy. CNEE will begin recruiting legislators for the 2020 Legislative Academy in early November.
Governor Ritter and the CNEE team of energy and environmental policy experts work to educate, convene, and inspire decision-makers to create policies that facilitate America’s equitable transition to a clean energy economy.
Contact: Wendy Hartzell, Center for the New Energy Economy