The latest bill under consideration in the democratically controlled Colorado legislation will increase the mandate for renewable energy (wind or solar power for example) for rural co-ops. This is Senate Bill 252 and, if passed, will double the requirement of renewables.
A lot of people think this is a good idea that will provide good-paying jobs and low-cost electricity in the future. Common sense tells the opposite. I see no long-term, well-paying jobs. I see no expanding industry. What I do see is solar company after solar company going bankrupt. I think the ones not bankrupt are scaling back and actually reducing their workforces.
If this industry is providing low-cost electricity, why does it need to be subsidized by the tax payers (i.e. the federal government)? Also, in order to prop up this high-cost industry the federal government, through the EPA, is increasing regulation and the associated cost on the oil, gas, and the coal industries. Some may say any rate increases due to renewables will be minimal. What's minimal to an increasing rate already driven higher by new EPA regulations written to support the renewable industry? The purpose is to sugar coat the renewable energy agenda and gives the appearance of a cost effective way to generate electrical power with respect to traditional methods of power generation. Common sense shows this is a misguided and transparent agenda.
What will this increase in renewables really do for small town Colorado? Well, first it will probably double, or more, your electric bill. If you run a small business, what little profits you have may now go to paying your electrical bill. Or, if you are a rancher, it may cost you an extra calf or two each year. Let's not even discuss the impact on a fixed income. Either way, you will get to pay for the renewables twice, once to subsidize it through your tax dollars, and once to pay the added cost you will see in your monthly bills. On the other side do you still get that warm and fuzzy feeling that you are doing something good?
Please show some common sense. Call your representatives in Denver and tell them you oppose SB 252.