Community Choice Energy (CCE)

I am introducing legislation in 2020 to evaluate giving communities authority to select their energy sources.  It allows communities served by an investor owned utility (Xcel or Black Hills) to buy their electricity wholesale from alternative suppliers, like solar and wind farms.  With CCE, the utility would still own and operate the “poles and wires” and deliver the electricity, while the community gains control over its energy sources and costs.  You can read my Guest Editorial from the Nov 16, 2019 Daily Camera here.

  • Cheaper, cleaner electricity; create new energy programs;  create local jobs;  keep energy dollars local.
  • Introduces competition, choice and greater local control
  • Allows communities to choose an alternative electricity supplier.
  • Incumbent utility still owns and operates the “poles and wires” (electricity delivery).
  • Individuals can opt out and buy their electricity from the utility if they wish.

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2019 Legislative Session Is Complete

In May, we wrapped up a historically productive Legislative session.  Major accomplishments included new laws to address fracking, climate change, full day kindergarten, a red flag gun law, mobile home owner protections, and many others.  I was honored to be elected Majority Caucus Chair for the House Democrats, joining fellow Boulder legislators KC Becker –  Speaker of the House – and Steve Fenberg, Senate Majority Leader, in legislative leadership positions.  And of course, Governor Jared Polis!  If I have one take away in this concentration of leadership at the Capitol coming from Boulder, it is that we represent a community that truly reflects progressive values, which will help bring about a better future for all of Colorado. 

 If you have questions or if I can be of service in any way, email me at edie.hooton.house@state.co.us.

Meet Edie

Edie has been committed to progressive values her entire adult life. She was first elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in November 2016.  She serves as Majority Caucus Chair, Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, and Member, Local Government Committee.  Prior to her election, she spent 20 years as a Democratic activist, and 10 years as a legislative aide.  Edie has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.  

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