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Colorado’s Energy Transition and State Policy within Evolving Western Grid

  • 14 Jul 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom 11 am Eastern
  • 454


A transition path for coal power plants and communities

along with a new regional proposal  

At the one-year anniversary of important energy legislation, Colorado State Senator Chris Hansen will discuss the state’s energy goals and transition that include securitization of rate-payer backed bonds for early retirement of coal power plants and a ‘just’ transition for associated workforce and communities. Senator Hansen will also discuss the advantages of moving forward with an integrated Regional Transmission Organization within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council to help states reach emissions and clean energy goals as well as hurdles to implementation.

Chris Hansen is the current State Senator for Colorado Senate District 31 and formerly the Representative for House District 6. He specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20 years of experience in the global energy industry. Hansen also serves as the Co-Founder and Director of Programming at the Colorado Energy & Water Institute and as Co-Founder of the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship. In 2017, he was selected as a Public Leadership Fellow at Harvard University by the Gates Family Foundation. In 2019, he was selected as one of fifteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders). Senator Hansen earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Kansas State University, a Master of Science from MIT, and then a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University.

Free to members. Non-members can join for $20 entitling participation in NCAC-USAEE for the remainder of 2020. Registrants receive a Zoom link and password one business day before the event. Opportunity for questions using the Q&A function of Zoom.

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