In the 1990s, when Aspen Electric began investing in renewable energy, others were skeptical. It’s been at 100 percent renewables for several years, and now the costs are dropping. Residential electric rates in Aspen are already among the lowest in Colorado.
With major utilities like Xcel now retiring coal plants because of costs, calls for 100 percent renewables in Breckenridge and Durango seem more attainable.
Science had predicted all this with precision. None of us gathered along the barbed wire fences in Nebraska had doubted it. But why so little faith in climate science?
Aspen Electric has joined the most elite of clubs, utilities with 100 percent renewable portfolios. It joins salt-of-the-earth Greensburg, Kan., and earthy progressive Burlington, Vt. But a great many other municipalities have started down the same path.
Credit Telluride with busting its butt to decarbonize municipal and eventually community functions. But did purchase of $18,250 worth of RECs from the Ridgway hydroelectric unit really achieve it?