An electric cooperative in Colorado aims to provide the rural area it serves with cleaner, renewable energy. Holy Cross Energy is a rural electric cooperative that provides power to 55,000 members in rural Colorado. The co-op recently adopted a new clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goal. By 2030, Holy Cross Energy will use renewable energy to supply at least 70 percent of the power provided to co-op members, reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with its power supply by 70 percent from 2014 levels, and accomplish both of these goals with no increase in the cost of power supply.
Steve Beuning, vice president of power supply and programs for Holy Cross Energy, says the cooperative is taking a multi-pronged approach. Given the initiative is a member-driven effort, he says response to the plan is positive