WASHINGTON , Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Executive Vice President Tom Amontree issued the following statement on the Colorado Public Utilities Commission's approval today of Xcel Energy's "Clean Air-Clean Jobs" Compliance Plan:
"We applaud the Colorado PUC for its decision to advance economic development and job growth in the state. We are proud of the growing role that Colorado's abundant and cost competitive natural gas will play in the state's clean energy future.
"The PUC's decision to transition to greater use of clean, domestic natural gas in the state is a groundbreaking step for Colorado's future and one we believe should be considered by communities across the nation. ANGA looks forward to digging into the details, but on its face, the decision will result in substantial new power resources being dedicated to clean-burning natural gas.
"This innovative decision to reduce emissions, create jobs and improve Colorado's economy will offer substantial benefits to Coloradans. PUC Chairman Ron Binz should be applauded for leading a difficult, but comprehensive review of Xcel Energy's plan and reaching a decision that will advance the state's economy and environment. Xcel should also be praised for its vision and leadership in engaging in this process.
"Gov. Ritter and the many other local, bipartisan leaders involved in this effort are to be commended. Thanks to their collective vision, natural gas will make a growing contribution to improving local air quality, adding to the 137,000 Colorado jobs already supported by the natural gas industry and protecting the state's majestic outdoors. We hope that other states will follow Colorado's lead into the clean energy future with greater use of natural gas."
America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) represents 34 of the nation's leading independent natural gas exploration and production companies. ANGA members are dedicated to increasing the appreciation of the environmental, economic and national security benefits of clean, abundant, American natural gas. Learn more about ANGA at www.anga.us.
SOURCE America's Natural Gas Alliance