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Keeping Colorado from Becoming the “Land of Flickering Lights”

April 18, 2012

The fourth annual Global New Energy Summit last week at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Spring featured a stellar lineup of elected officials and industry experts who gathered for two days to talk about Colorado and U.S. energy policy.

Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet each addressed the crowd, with the Governor suggesting that we need to take advantage of the diverse set of resources, both renewable and conventional, that are available in Colorado and Senator Bennet focusing on the need for increased energy efficiency. We certainly agree with these sensible positions.

Senator Bennet also commented on the general state of political discourse in Washington these days, referring to the political gridlock as creating a “land of flickering lights” where there is only occasional substantive legislative action. That turn of phrase seems particularly apt for an energy conference as well as for the role of the electric co-ops in the Colorado energy landscape.

Colorado’s electric co-ops are also concerned that with the layers of regulatory red tape that are being wrapped around the electric utilities, we too will have difficulty avoiding flickering lights for our rural consumers in the coming years. Hopefully our elected officials will listen to our concerns about these burdens and join us in our efforts to keep the lights on for rural Colorado.

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