May 16, 2019

Colorado Academy Helps Spur Sweeping State Clean Energy Bills

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

A clean energy academy for state lawmakers from across the U.S. has its fingerprints on renewable energy and climate change legislation advancing through state legislatures nationwide.

Bloomberg Environment reports that at least one co-sponsor of renewable energy legislation introduced this year in Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, and Maine attended the Clean Energy Legislative Academy in Breckenridge, Colo., in 2017 or 2018. The academy is part of Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy, led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D), who founded the center after he left office in 2011.

The academy has played a key role in “activating this clean energy movement across state legislatures,” and helping state lawmakers share ideas and experience with each other, said Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.