Full Title: Winds of Change: The Economic Impact of Colorado’s Wind Industry – and how to Keep it Growing
Author(s): Susan Nedell, Jeff Benzak, Bob Keefe, Lauren Kubiak, Lawrence Haseley, and Noah Long
Publisher(s): Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Publication Date: 06/2015
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Few states have benefited more from the wind industry than Colorado. Thanks to smart policy decisions, beginning with passage of the first voter-approved state renewable portfolio standard in 2004, as well as abundant natural resources and skilled workers, Colorado has transformed itself into a leader for wind and other renewable energy sources. Colorado is now the top state for wind manufacturing jobs and ranks third for wind jobs overall.
But Colorado today is at a crossroads. In order to adequately support what has become a major sector of the state’s economy, and remain a national front-runner in clean, renewable energy, Colorado’s leaders need to take action with policy opportunities that are good for its economy and good for its environment.