FCSG Statement on Staff Memo Regarding 100% Renewable Electricity Goal

Posted on July 2, 2018

On May 1st, Fort Collins Partners for Clean Energy (FCP4CE) presented a resolution to City Council that would establish a community-wide goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Councilmembers expressed interest in considering the resolution at a later meeting, and directed City staff to provide a high level analysis of the proposed goal. On June 28th, staff sent a memo to Council (see first attachment) that overstepped the directive they had been given by calling for more study and proposing that Council consider a different, far weaker resolution in Q4 of 2018.

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) respectfully requests that Council direct staff to prepare a resolution using the FCP4CE resolution as the starting point. This resolution should feature a goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and should be ready for council’s consideration before the end of Q3.

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce CEO is Wrong on Renewable Electricity

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on June 21, 2018

In a recent guest column (1), Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David May criticized the 100% renewable electricity resolution that Fort Collins Partners for Clean Energy (FCP4CE) submitted to City Council in early May. He made the bizarre claim that achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2030 wouldn’t really be sustainable.

May referred to the U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development definition of sustainable development to make his case. That definition is based on three “pillars”: economic development, social development and environmental protection (2). Without acknowledging how or why 100% renewable electricity would help protect the environment, May alleged that 100% renewables would undercut social development and economic development. Both of these allegations are specious.

Fort Collins Can, Should Reach Fully Renewable Electricity by 2030

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on May 27, 2018

On May 1, Fort Collins Partners for Clean Energy (FCP4CE) presented a resolution to City Council asking council members to adopt the goal of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. The editorial written by Kevin Duggan on behalf of the Coloradoan editorial board concerning that resolution is sadly uninformed.

The editorial raises the question of whether relying on renewable sources will jeopardize the affordability and reliability of the electricity supplied by Platte River Power Authority, the city’s wholesale power provider. What it failed to mention, even though this made national news in January, is that utility-scale solar and wind are the cheapest forms of new electricity in Colorado.

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