NCP4CE Open Letter to Platte River Power Authority Board on Draft Integrated Resource Plan Report

Posted on September 2, 2020

Dear Board Chair Troxell, Vice Chair Hornbacher and Directors Bagley, Bergsten, Bernosky, Cunniff, Koenig and Marsh:

Northern Colorado Partners for Clean Energy (NCP4CE) listened closely to the Board’s discussion of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Report during your meeting on August 27th. We were pleased to hear Chair Troxell and Director Marsh express opposition to the inclusion of a new natural gas plant in the IRP.

We wholeheartedly agree that it does not make any sense to build a new fossil fuel-fired plant in the same year that PRPA has pledged to achieve a 100% non-carbon resource mix, subject to the qualifications included in the Resource Diversification Policy approved on 12/6/18. Planning – even provisionally - to build a new natural gas plant in 2030 is tantamount to giving up on the 100% non-carbon goal ten years early. PRPA can and must do better than this.

PRPA Should not Build a Gas-fired Power Plant

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 19, 2020

The recent collapse of our economy and routine activities is the result of a microscopic coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Without warning the entire human population became vulnerable, some more than others, but there was no populated place on earth that was spared.

This pandemic will pass (like the previous pandemics) and we will slowly get back to “normal.” Unfortunately, there is another threat to humans that is clandestine and potentially more lethal. This threat is the continued heating of our planet due to increasing greenhouse gas production from human activities.

FCSG Statement on the Importance of Including Broadcom F-gas Emissions in the City’s Single GHG Inventory

Updated on June 15, 2020

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) insists that Broadcom’s massive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions be included in the City’s GHG inventory. Those emissions – consisting mainly of fluorinated gases (F-gases) accounted for fully 8% of Fort Collins’ total GHG emissions in 2018. Ignoring those F-gases – or simply mentioning them in a side-bar to the main GHG inventory – is akin to sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that if we don’t count them, those gases won’t really damage the climate.

Reflections on the Notion of Sustainability

Since its inception in 2005, the Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) has focused on local climate policy. More specifically, we have advocated for City initiatives that would both reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and help our community adapt to climate change. For a detailed history of the work in which we have been engaged, see “The FCSG Story” here:

We subscribe to a notion of sustainability aligned with that set forth in the 1987 Brundtland Report, which states that “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” There are numerous examples of past societies that have functioned on a sustainable basis, including many of those in the Americas prior to European contact. However, we recognize that present generations are currently close to crossing at least eight planetary boundaries in addition to catastrophic climate change that would endanger future generations (1). Those other boundaries are:

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