OpenEI:Projects/Geographic Pages/Colorado: Energy Resources
Colorado is a state in the United States of America. Here you will find news about advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Colorado and links to related Web sites.
- 1 Renewable Energy Resources
- 2 State Energy Program Funding
- 3 Related Information
- 3.1 Registered Energy Research Institutions in Colorado
- 3.2 Registered Networking Organizations in Colorado
- 3.3 Registered Policy Organizations in Colorado
- 3.4 Registered Energy Companies in Colorado
- 3.5 Registered Financial Organizations in Colorado
- 3.6 Energy Incentives for Colorado
- 3.7 Energy Generation Facilities in Colorado
- 3.8 Utility Companies in Colorado
- 4 External links
- 5 References
Renewable Energy Resources
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), Colorado has substantial renewable energy resources—including wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric resources—but they remain relatively undeveloped, and the state ranks 13th out of all the states according to 2007 data in renewable energy generation.
Much of Colorado's renewable energy resource originates in its mountains--more than 100 mountain peaks rise above 4,000 meters in the state. Geologic activity in Colorado's mountains provides potential for geothermal power development. Lofty mountain ridges present wind power potential. Rivers flowing from the mountains offer hydroelectric power possibilities. Within more metropolitan areas, solar has been gaining momentum as more private sector activity has been driven by policies put in place in recent years, and solar resources in the southwest part of the state are also being explored for utility scale solar projects, though transmission issues have yet to be resolved.
Hydroelectric facilities and wind power plants account for most of the State’s electricity generation from renewable sources. Additionally, corn grown on the states’ eastern plains offers potential resources for ethanol production.
State Energy Program Funding
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) funding award to Colorado is $49,222,000. As of October 2009, the state received $24,611,000.