Bill Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is currently the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers.
EPISODE NOTES / Calls to Action
- Learn more about the Center for the New Energy Economy: https://cnee.colostate.edu/
- Learn more about Bill’s work with Mesh Power to create sustainable energy resources in Africa that bypass carbon: https://cnee.colostate.edu/bill-ritter-visits-rwanda-microgrid-project-development/