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Press Release – For Immediate Release
CLEAN ENERGY DELIVERED TO COLORADO – 49 MILLION LBS OF COAL ELIMINATED IN FIRST YEAR
DENVER Colo., Jun. 7, 2016 – The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska celebrates the one-year anniversary of two hydroelectric power plants, built in conjunction with Sorenson Engineering,Inc. In spring of 2015, the projects were activated to provide clean energy to Colorado cities of Aspen and Delta. The plants have since produced nearly 23 million KWh of power, saving approximately 49 million pounds of coal and nearly 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission.
According to the Federal Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, hydropower provides “a flexible, low-cost, and renewable source of power for the United States.” The power utilities purchased by MEAN are expected to produce 1,500,000,000 KWh of energy during the next half-century, eliminating the need for coal and reducing carbon dioxide emissions in Colorado by 1,625,380 tons.
Dave Deitz, M.E.A.N. Project Manager, explains, “MEAN wanted to expand to renewables because of the regulations on the horizon. Today, having a cleaner power plan restructures how we supply power. This has been a good addition for us.”
Designed by Sorenson Engineering, Inc., the utilities are deemed environmentally benign by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and comply with all local standards for sustainability.
Together, Sorenson Engineering and MEAN are committed to growing the local economies while producing environmentally friendly power. Approximately $6 million was invested back into nearby city of Montrose during construction, 15 local jobs were created, and Deitz says the projects “might be better long-term resources [than other power].”
About the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) is the wholesale electricity supply organization of NMPP Energy. Created in 1981, MEAN provides power supply, transmission and related services to 66 participating communities in four states: Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming. For more information, visit https://www.nmppenergy.org/mean
About Sorenson Engineering, Inc.
Sorenson Engineering specializes in hydroelectric solutions. They develop, permit, design, construct, own, and operate projects worldwide. The company was founded by Ted S. Sorenson, P.E, thirty years ago and has since designed forty power plants that are all still in operation today. For more information about their work and opportunities available for partnership, contact Ted Sorenson, Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org