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In boost for renewables, US Rep. Polis wins Colorado Governor's race

Washington — Colorado has chosen Democrat Jared Polis to be governor, marking a win for the candidate's goal of reaching 100% renewables by 2040.

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The ambitious goal could be a boon to both renewables and storage developers. Leading up to the election, Polis pointed to claims that the cost of utility-scale wind is cheaper than gas, and argued that energy storage could improve the cost benefits of a fully renewable system.

Polis, a US Representative, defeated Republican Walker Stapleton, the state's treasurer. Stapleton had warned Polis' approach to clean energy was extreme and could cause retail electricity prices to rise.

The Sierra Club endorsed Polis and launched a campaign to highlight his positions on protecting public lands and advancing clean energy.

"As the Trump Administration rolls back critical pollution protections and tries to stifle our nation's clean energy leadership, the state of Colorado is moving forward with our clean energy future with Jared Polis as our Governor," Jim Alexee, Director of the Colorado Sierra Club, said Tuesday.

Utilities in the state are already pursuing more renewables. Xcel Energy is planning to procure new wind, solar and battery resources and expects to achieve nearly 55% renewable energy by 2026. -- Kate Winston,

-- Edited by Matt Eversman,