Leaders for a Sustainable Future

Colorado’s electric cooperatives are playing a leading role in the transition to cleaner energy and a sustainable future.

Dramatic changes are transforming all aspects of the energy industry. The electricity sector as a whole is rapidly reducing carbon emissions. Since 2017, electricity generation is no longer the number one source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. In order to meet our goal, we must continue to diversify our electric generation portfolio through increased use of renewable energy.

Colorado’s electric cooperatives are playing a leading role in this transition to cleaner energy use in Colorado. We are testing and evaluating new energy solutions and innovative technologies that will help make our sustainability goals a reality.


Browse a map of Colorado’s distribution electric co-ops and their power suppliers near you.

What we are doing to help clean the environment:

We support equitable net metering

Co-op consumer-members can connect their own behind-the-meter renewable energy generation system to the power grid and offset their electric needs through self-generation.

We are building community solar gardens

A Colorado co-op built its first solar project in 2010 as an innovative community solar garden. A first of its kind in Colorado, this concept has been replicated many times. Community solar gardens allow consumer-members unable to install rooftop solar to rent panels from the cooperative and receive a credit for the energy the panels produce.

We are building large-scale renewable resources

Colorado’s electric cooperatives have added hundreds of megawatts of utility-scale wind and solar projects throughout the state with plans for more.

We are surpassing goals for sustainable energy

The electric industry is the only sector of the economy exceeding decarbonization goals. All suppliers of electricity to Colorado’s electric cooperatives achieved the state’s 30% renewable energy standard ahead of schedule and will have 80% clean energy by 2030.

We are working toward 100% sustainable energy resources

All 22 electric cooperatives in Colorado already distribute electricity generated from at least 30% renewable sources. Each co-op in the state is working toward providing electricity from 100% sustainable resources.

We are leading with innovation

Colorado’s electric co-ops have a track record of innovation. All of the state’s co-ops actively investigate and evaluate which technologies keep us ahead of the curve through innovation. Colorado electric cooperatives continually innovate by adding:

  • Microgrids
  • Community solar programs
  • LED retrofit programs
  • EV programs
  • Smart thermostats
  • Rural broadband
  • Green power rebate programs
  • Microhydro projects
  • Electric buses
  • Methane capture
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