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COLORADO CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Colorado Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Colorado: over 32,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Colorado: nearly 6,000
  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area: 15,844
  • Number of solar jobs in Colorado: nearly 7,000
  • Number of homes in Colorado that could be powered by solar energy: over 240,000
  • Number of solar businesses in Colorado: over 260
  • Number of Coloradans working in energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 28,000
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in Colorado: nearly 6,000
  • Number of wind turbines in Colorado: over 2,200
  • Number of homes in Colorado that could have been powered by wind generation in 2017: nearly 900,000
  • Number of gallons of water consumption saved by Colorado wind power generation in 2017: 4 billion
  • Number of active wind manufacturing facilities in Colorado: 17

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Since 2017, the amount hail storms have cost Colorado taxpayers: $5.5 Billion
  • Number of heat days Colorado is expected to face by 2050: 50
  • Number of people living in Colorado particularly vulnerable to extreme heat: More than 100,000
  • Number of degrees summers have warmed on average over time: more than 2
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses from 2007-2016: 22
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in Colorado in 2017: 4
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in Colorado: over 475,000

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Colorado voters that support generating 100% of electricity from clean sources like wind and solar by 2030: 68%
  • Percentage of Coloradans that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 72%
  • Percentage of Coloradans that believe climate changes caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 57%