By now you’ve heard there is a bill moving through the Colorado legislature that calls for switching coal-generated power plants with natural gas-fired power plants to generate electricity. You might have also heard that the cost of natural gas for electricity is approximately three times the cost of coal.
From the standpoint of helping our economy or advancing environmental progress, using government incentives to increase natural gas demand in the electricity sector does not make sense.
Going forward, meeting our nation’s demand for affordable, reliable and clean electricity will require the use of all of our abundant domestic energy resources. That includes coal, which today and in the future should remain a fuel of choice for meeting America’s electricity needs because it is affordable, abundant, and, thanks to technology, able to meet increasingly stringent environmental standards.
If you support our position on this bill, we recommend you reach out to your Colorado legislators, write your Colorado newspapers, and take a stand for coal to remain a key part of Colorado’s energy future.