FCSG Statement on Staff Memo Regarding 100% Renewable Electricity Goal

Originally posted on July 2, 2018, and updated on July 16

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.

Renewable Electricity Sources are Affordable and Reliable

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 14, 2018

Recently, opponents of Fort Collins committing to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 have made comments casting doubt on the affordability and reliability of renewable electricity sources. Yet, they fail to support their claims with market-based data from Colorado’s energy sector.

Below are important developments from local utilities that have occurred over the last year. They present fundamental facts of the case that opponents of the 100 percent renewable electricity proposal should not ignore.

What Does the Chamber Think About Climate Change?

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 9, 2018

Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce CEO David May and chamber board member Ethan Gannett from Hewlett Packard Enterprises have written pieces expressing opposition to a resolution that calls upon the city of Fort Collins to adopt the goal of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

To support their position, they cite a paper from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the nation’s premier science journal, which they believe demonstrates the infeasibility and unaffordability of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity. The article they cite critiques the work of Mark Jacobsen and co-authors from Stanford University, who propose that the entire U.S. energy sector can run on renewables by 2050-2055.

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