Energy Policy: Managing Colorado's Future
Date of Award
Environmental Policy & Mgmt
Master of Applied Science
Environmental Policy And Management
Amendment 37; California; Colorado; Energy consumption -- Environmental aspects; Energy plan; Energy policy; Energy policy -- Colorado; Environment; Renewable energy; Renewable energy sources -- Colorado; Renewable energy standard; Wyoming
Growing population and growing energy needs in Colorado are driving increased energy consumption with associated environmental impacts. Currently Colorado state government manages issues of environmental impact, renewable energy and energy efficiency in a piecemeal fashion. An analysis of energy policy in California and Wyoming was conducted to identify best practices that could be employed in Colorado. Two key components were identified: 1) an overarching energy action plan similar to the plan employed in California and, 2) gubernatorial leadership to make energy planning and environmental stewardship a top priority. A Colorado focused energy action plan should take into account both renewable and fossil fuel resources that are abundant in the state.
Blanchard, Mark, "Energy Policy: Managing Colorado's Future" (2007). University College: Environmental Policy Management Capstones. 198.