Colorado Renewable Energy Society
Action Plan for Colorado
Steer Colorado's energy dependence toward renewable energy and energy efficiency
in order to achieve the following objectives:
good power quality
maximum security from supply disruptions
minimal adverse health, safety, and environmental impacts.
Increase the contribution of renewable energy and energy efficiency in
Colorado by 2010 to the following levels:
Allow no net increase in power plant emissions of smog forming chemicals,
mercury, and particulates.
Support legislation to minimize CO2 emissions.
Promote increased federal funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Continue and expand current CRES
annual Colorado Renewable Energy Conference (CREC)
monthly information meetings on a variety of relevant topics
CRES monthly member newsletter and CRES website, cres-energy.org
active intervention in public policy arenas, such as IRP hearings and
Denver Area Tour of Solar Homes
Building Awards program
information and training workshops
meetings with Colorado Congressional, Legislative, and Executive
representatives urging support for specific items of federal and state
participation in events, such as the Parade of Homes and Earth Day.
developing coalitions with other organizations.
Undertake new initiatives in the following five areas
CRES adopts the attached
Declaration for Sustainable Energy Use, which members are urged
to sign. This is a call to CRES members to make commitments to action-speaking
corporately as CRES and individually as citizens and consumers.
A. Promote National Energy Security
We advocate distributed systems as a way to reduce vulnerability to disruption
of energy supplies because distributed systems are 1) inherently resilient, 2)
small in scale, and 3) rely on dependable resources.
CRES advocates that Colorado policy making bodies promote the use of renewable
energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy fuels as a means of decreasing
B. Establish an Energy Security Fund
CRES advocates an "Energy Security Fund*." This requires Colorado utilities to
set aside 1% of the revenues from all retail electricity sales to finance
programs designed to achieve the stated goals.
C. Recognize goals
CRES advocates the adoption of a "Renewables and Efficiency Portfolio
Standard*." This requires Colorado utilities to achieve these goals by 2010:
(Note that we prefer the term "Energy Security Fund" to "Systems Benefits
Charge". CRES does not take any position on the issue of utility deregulation.
We do advocate a Renewable Portfolio Standard and an Energy Security Fund
independent of "utility restructuring" or deregulation of the electric power
industry in Colorado.)
D. Identify public preferences
CRES advocates requiring utilities to query users, using rigorous scientific
polling techniques, to determine their preferences regarding energy sources.
E. Promote business
CRES advocates an investment tax credit to assist renewable and energy
efficiency business development.
F. Inform energy users
CRES advocates statewide disclosure by utilities-to inform their customers
where their utility-supplied energy comes from-coal, gas, hydro, oil, wind,
F. Establish standards
CRES advocates statewide adoption of the International Energy Efficiency Code.
G. Expand Net Metering
CRES advocates statewide approval of equal tariffs for on-site electric
generation and use.
H. Foster Rural Development
CRES supports improving economic conditions in rural areas by increasing the
use of regional renewable fuels to supply energy to the State.
A. Work with the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association and others
to develop and maintain a list of designers and suppliers, available to
members through a publication and the web site. This includes architects,
energy consultants, installers, and suppliers of both renewable and energy
B. Publicize a calendar of events of interest to CRES members.
A. Secure funding to develop and implement an educational support program
within Colorado schools that have installed PV systems.
B. Promote our existing prepackaged presentations and implement the
speakers bureau program.
C. Increase media exposure. Contact reporters, hold public events, gain
exposure on public television, hold expanded tours.
Increase the CRES budget, through donations or projects, to fund a larger
staff. This will provide the personnel support for our largely volunteer
efforts required to carry out this action plan.
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