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Colorado's high ridges offer wind power potential. Geologic activity in the mountains provide potential for geothermal power development. Major rivers flowing from the Rocky Mountains offer hydroelectric power resources. Corn grown in the eastern part of the state offers potential resources for ethanol production.

The Colorado economy is not energy intensive. The transportation and industrial sectors are the leading energy-consuming sectors in the state. Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants dominate electricity generation in Colorado.

Roof Mounted Grid-tied Solar Electric System in Colorado Springs

In August 2009, a proposal was made for a biomass plant to be located in Vail that would use the thousands of trees that were recently killed by pine beetles to create a new sustainable source of energy. The proposed plant would reduce carbon emissions and forest fires in addition to creating a reliable source of energy that is likely to last at least ten years.

Colorado uses only about two-fifths of its natural gas production. The remainder is transported to markets in the West and Midwest. Conventional and unconventional output from several Colorado basins typically accounts for more than 5 percent of U.S. natural gas production. Colorado oil production typically accounts for around 1 percent of the U.S. total.

In a first, gas and other fuels are top U.S. export

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace in 2012 to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

U p until a few years ago, whenever gasoline prices climbed, there were complaints in Congress that U.S. refiners were not growing quickly enough to satisfy domestic demand; that controversy would appear to be over.

Refining companies won't say how much they make by selling fuel overseas. But analysts say those sales are likely generating higher profits per gallon than they would have generated in the U.S. Otherwise, they wouldn't occur.

REFERENCES:

U.S. Energy Information Administration
http://www.eia.gov/state/analysis.cfm?sid=CO

Mountain View Electric Association Inc. Wind & PV System
http://view2.fatspaniel.net/PV2Web/merge?&view=PV/standard/Simple&eid=261291

In a first, gas and other fuels are top U.S. export
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/story/2011-12-31/united-states-export/52298812/1

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