Amid changing winds from Washington, Energy Transition Symposium to confront new energy realities

Chuck Henry, Chair of Chemistry at Colorado State University, talks about low cost technologies to quantify pollutants in air and water at CSU’s 7th annual Energy Transition Symposium. Oct. 31, 2017. This year’s event has been moved online due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. (©Sonar / Depositphotos)

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Senate Bill 72 met with mixed reviews

Some Colorado legislators hope to bring strength in numbers to give Colorado an energy boost. The plan is to do so by creating a means to build a network of electrical transmission lines throughout the state. Proponents say this would ensure electrical transmission reliability with the flexibility of linking to neighboring state’s grids.   

But it’s been met so far with mixed reviews. The state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, stands firmly against it as a solution looking for a problem, while smaller utilities see it as a way to keep promises of affordably transmitting renewable power to meet consumer expectations. 

Sens. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, and Don Coram, R-Montrose, are backing Senate Bill 72, which would create the Colorado Electric Transmission Authority (CETA), and require state utilities to join a regional transmission organization that would tie utilities to a regional transmission system.