Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating an executive order that would require cuts of up to 35 percent in carbon emissions from the state’s power sector – compared to 2012 levels – by 2030, according to documents reported on by the Denver Business Journal. The five-page draft document sets goals that are slightly different from those laid out for Colorado in the federal Clean Power Plan of cutting CO2 emissions from existing power plants between 31 percent and 38 percent compared to 2005 levels. State officials, including the governor, have said Colorado will continue to pursue emissions reductions regardless of the outcome of the final decision on the legality of the CPP, which was blocked by the Supreme Court in February. Establishing 2012 as the base year is key to galvanizing support since it credits Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy, the state’s two big investor-owned utilities, for their efforts to shut down coal-fired power plants along the Front Range and to cut emissions from other plants across the state.
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