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Looking back, Ritter proud of policies that have Colorado ‘Powering Forward’

Author: David O. Williams - June 15, 2016 - Updated: June 16, 2016

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When former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter was elected to his first and only term in the governor’s mansion in 2006, Colorado generated more than 70 of its electricity by burning coal – the majority of it from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Ten years later, despite the “New Energy Economy” Ritter championed for four years, Colorado still generates more than 60 percent of its power by burning coal, and only 11 states burn more coal for power – led by top coal-producing states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Wyoming. Colorado still ranked as a top-10 coal-producing state as recently as 2014, although its production has plummeted by 50 percent in the 10 years since Ritter first took office. But that’s mostly because natural gas is so cheap and so abundant, Ritter recently told The Colorado Statesman.

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David O. Williams

David O. Williams

David O. Williams is a freelance writer based in Eagle-Vail, Colo. His work has appeared in more than 50 online and print publications in Colorado and around the nation.