Paul Potyen: Support SB 252


As a member of the Yampa Valley community who is concerned about environmental issues, I support Senate Bill 252. I would like to see a future that includes locally generated renewable energy. In addition, I believe that we should address our fossil fuel emissions by reducing the amount of coal used to create our energy. I also believe that passage of this bill will result in increased local economic opportunities. 

Paul Potyen

Steamboat Springs


Rick Pighini 3 years, 12 months ago

Tell Iowa, Texas, south Dakota, Wyoming, and California that wind energy will only cost more. Iowa itself produced 25% of there energy from wind. They started this transformation in 1983. Today they have generated over 5 billion in private investments in their wind power interests. I don't know where you buy your fuel but oil has more than doubled since January of 2008, prior to the sharp rise from the spring of 2009 at $1.89/gal to $4.00/gal. In November. Natural gas has doubled in the last 6 weeks. Exxon is the most profitable company ever, reported last week. I think we as Americans can afford to use as many sources of energy as possible. Ask south shore stagecoach if their energy is working and how much it costs. The oil industry and the world needs and will get compititoon for sources of energy, and just like we the people have invested in fossil fuels it's time to continue our investment in all forms of energy so we can continue to lead the world in energy. Any other discussion is short sighted and idiotic. Which is where most of these discussions end up. Mr. Diesel didn't use oil when he came up with his fuel, he used plants. And Henry Fords cars ran on ethinol. In a innovative society the transformation and inventive state of energy is what makes us great.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 12 months ago

So other states have taken 30 years (1983 to 2013) to reach as much as 25% renewable energy is less than what Colorado electric co-ops are supposed to achieve (30%) in six years?

Colorado has had a long term program of encouraging renewable energy by having pools of money that is distributed to renewable energy producers.

Renewable energy can work, but it is not exempt from basic economics. Wind needs windy locations. Solar needs sunny places. If renewable is so heavily subsidized to be installed in inefficient locations then the cost of electricity will become unnecessarily expensive which will drive businesses elsewhere.


Rick Pighini 3 years, 12 months ago

No Scott you missed the point. Iowa has been trying to do it since 1983. This is important because during this time it was the state putting money and energy into innovative ideas while most of the country didn't care. Because they started so early they have up to 6000 jobs in the wind power energy field and pay farmers and land owners 14.6 million in lease payments. Their average cost per Kwh is .05-.08 cents. In 2004 they reached 5% but because of gov't investment they not only reached 25% but they sell energy to Wisconsin and Illinois. Things only take thirty years when nobody cares. I'm not saying I agree with the law. I'm saying these technologies work and the more we or private investors invest in this technology the better off we will all be. If the people in cities drove electric cars for there short commute and fossil fuels were used less for energy maybe those of us with gas engines would spend less at the pump. The leader in wind power is the oil rich state of Texas. Coal cost on average .04 cents a Kwh and natural gas is around .06. There are a lot of options out there and sometimes private industry that supplies a public good needs public investment to bring us to the next step. Just like oil.


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