Grand Valley Power sets goal of 60% clean energy by 2030

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Grand Valley Power has adopted one of the most aggressive environmental targets of any electric cooperative in the nation.

The not-for-profit electric cooperative in Western Colorado says clean energy is a top priority for them and their customers.

They want to deliver a 60 percent clean energy mix for their 18,000 customers by the year 2030.

They say they'll achieve their goal with wholesale power supply purchases from Xcel Energy, who are already using wind and solar energy and slowly getting rid of coal.

They're also committed to partnering with companies who use energy from water, also known as hydropower.

"We pay attention to what our consumers want. And so, we have the opportunity to do this, we have the opportunity to obtain this target without really impacting rates or reliability,” said Tom Walch, CEO of Grand Valley Power.

Grand Valley Power says they have been working on their renewable energy since 2008.

They met the state's standard of 10 percent renewable by 2020 a decade ahead of the requirement.

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