Much of the national grid is old, some of it by more than 100 years, and splintered into local and regional sections that don’t connect.
Polis hopes to get Colorado to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. To that effect, he signed seven new bills into law intended to limit the state’s contributions to climate warming.
Federal officials say that U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding, especially in Western states where renewable energy will provide almost a quarter of the power to household and businesses this summer.
Tri-State had been under scrutiny for its reliance on coal-fired power. Now the utility is making moves to up renewables.
Businesses nationwide responded to the preferences of customers and investors alike by spending more on renewable energy.
Colorado has a long way to go in pursuit of 100 percent green energy. An important key to a future with renewables though will be storage.
Polis declared the state of the state as solid, strong and successful before he tacked on one of the watchwords of his campaign: “bold.”
Just a few years ago, 100 percent renewable energy goals were pie-in-the-sky academic thought experiments.
The lithium ion battery will provide power on days when wind and solar don't produce enough.