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The Denver Post: Once Among Fastest-Growing Sectors, Solar Industry Faces Uncertainty because of Tax Credits Declining, Coronavirus Concerns

Posted by Judith Kohler on Mar 24, 2020

Denver Post reported on impact of the coronavirus pandemic on solar energy projects across the state amid uncertainty around tax credit incentives, including AEE's ask to Congress to shift to permanent direct cash payments in lieu of unworkable tax credits. Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post piece here. The story and AEE's position were also covered by Washington Examiner and Smart Grid Today (sub. req.).

Colorado’s solar industry, among the country’s strongest, is joining forces with solar companies nationwide to push for extension of tax credits so they can finish projects being slowed or put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak. Concerns about not getting solar panels and other components from Asian countries in time have eased somewhat as China reports progress in fighting COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the new coronavirus, and starts firing up idled manufacturing plants.

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The Denver Post: Leading Residential Solar Company Expands Denver Headquarters, Expects More Growth

Posted by Judith Kohler on Oct 22, 2019

The Denver Post covered the expansion of Sunrun's Colorado operations at an event with Governor Polis, including excerpts of AEE's 2019 Colorado Jobs Fact Sheet. Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post piece here. (Sub. req.)

A national leader in residential solar and storage services is expanding its Denver-based operations, officially opening its larger downtown office space Monday. Sunrun Inc. hosted Gov. Jared Polis and others at the grand opening of the 120,000-square-foot office at the Johns Manville Plaza on 17th Avenue. The San Francisco-primarily based firm, founded in 2007, determined in 2015 to start its second company headquarters in Denver, acknowledged Ed Fenster, Sunrun’s co-founder and govt chairman.

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Denver Post: "Efficiency" Jobs Make Up 22% of Colorado's Energy Sector, New Report Says

Posted by Judith Kohler on Sep 21, 2019

The Denver Post referenced AEE's Colorado Jobs Report in its coverage of energy efficient jobs in the state per E2's report (which draws from same jobs data set AEE used.). Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post story here (sub. req.). 

The number of Coloradans working in energy efficiency grew by 7.2% in 2018 and they now make up 22 percent of the state’s energy workers, a new report says. The report released Monday said energy efficiency is the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. energy field, employing more than 2.3 million nationwide and 34,342 in Colorado.

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The Denver Post: Three Colorado Fortune 500 Companies Try To Turn Might Into Right – For the Environment

Posted by Judith Kohler on Sep 13, 2019

The Denver Post quoted AEE's Director Caitlin Marquis in this piece about Fortune 500 companies in Colorado (Ball Corp., Vail Resorts, and DaVita Kidney Care) adopting 100% renewable energy programs. Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post story here.

When you’re a Ball Corp., Vail Resorts or DaVita Kidney Care, your carbon footprint can be massive. On the flip side, that footprint, which spreads across multiple locations in this and other countries, can be transformative if your goal is to go 100% renewable energy.

That’s exactly what the Colorado-based Fortune 500 companies are aiming to do. All three have set targets for phasing out the use of fossil fuels and reducing their greenhouse-gas emissions.

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The Denver Post: Colorado Clean Energy Industry Set to Expand 9%, Outpacing National Average, Report Says

Posted by Judith Kohler on Sep 5, 2019

The Denver Post covered AEE's Colorado Jobs fact sheet, quoting AEE Principal Emilie Olson, and AEE members CLEAResult and Uplight. Read excerpts below and read the entire Denver Post story here. 

National organization says state is seeing economic dividends from policies promoting renewables, emission-reduction goals. Job growth in Colorado’s so-called “advanced energy” industry — including renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrified transportation, biofuels — has been robust and is expected to expand by about 9% this year, according to new data from a national trade organization.

A fact sheet released Thursday by Advanced Energy Economy said the number of Colorado-based workers in the industry increased by 4% last year to 65,400, compared with the state’s overall job growth of 2.4%. And this year’s projected increase of 9%, based on interviews with Colorado employers, is higher than the expected national average increase of 6%, said Emilie Olson, a principal with the organization.

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