Pueblo City Council set a goal this week to become fully powered by renewable energy by 2035, joining two other Colorado cities with similar commitments.
Supporters of the move, announced Monday, say it will have positive environmental and economical impacts on a city that is already increasing its sources of renewable energy. They also say it raises the bar for cities across the state and nation
“We’re right at the forefront, and it’s better to lead than to follow,” Pueblo city councilman Larry Atencio said.
The city has a history in mining and steel production, but leaders have been focusing on renewables in recent years, Atencio said. Pueblo is home to a plant for Denmark-based Vestas, one of the world’s largest wind turbine makers. Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District is planning to build a $12 million hydroelectric generation facility at Pueblo Dam that will be capable of producing 7.5 megawatts. The city also has community solar …