Solar and wind energy

Denver, Colorado has an ambitious goal: by mid-century, the city wants to cut its carbon pollution to one-fifth of what it was in 2005.

Meeting this goal will require major changes. Now, about a third of the power in the city’s grid comes from clean energy. But a taskforce of community stakeholders says that, for the city to stay on target, the grid will need to be powered entirely by renewables such as wind, solar and hydropower by the year 2030.

Herrod: “We have to get our electrical grid to become decarbonized as much as possible.”

That’s Tom Herrod with the City and County of Denver Department of Environmental Health. He says using clean electricity maximizes the impact of other measures, like driving an electric car or switching from natural gas to electric heat.

Even as the Trump administration backs away from the Paris Climate Agreement, Denver remains committed to reducing its own carbon pollution.

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Herrod: “Denver recognizes that for the world to solve our climate crisis, cities have to take the lead. I think there’s gridlock at the state and federal level, but cities are much more able to be nimble and respond more quickly to take advantage of energy innovations and other climate emissions-reducing strategies.”

Reporting credit: Mark Knapp/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Bruce Lieberman

Bruce Lieberman, a long-time journalist, has covered climate change science, policy, and politics for nearly two decades. A newspaper reporter for 20 years, Bruce worked for The San Diego Union-Tribune...