Pueblo, Colorado and Moab, Utah Commit to 100% Renewable Energy


Pueblo, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, this week became the 22nd and 23rd cities in the United States to commit to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. On Monday, the Pueblo City Council approved a measure committing to power the community entirely with renewable sources of energy like wind and solar by 2035. The vote was immediately followed on Tuesday by the Moab City Council unanimously approving a resolution committing Moab to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.

Cities like Pueblo and Moab have long suffered the consequences of dirty energy and utility reliance on fossil fuels. Pueblo, for example, has a sizable low-income population that has been suffering from the high cost of electricity due to the local utilities’ decision to build new gas infrastructure and saddle the cost with ratepayers. More than 7,000 people in Pueblo have had their electricity shut off due to the high cost of electricity.

In Utah, Canyonlands National Park has been marred by haze pollution from two neighboring coal plants, which threatens the local Moab tourism industry – the economic lifeblood of the community. With this week’s announcements, both communities are poised to confront these threats by transitioning away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.