Front Range Change

    The story of the transition away from coal toward natural gas and renewable energy in Colorado.

    A short film by DG+Design

    The energy landscape in Colorado is changing. Over the past 15 years, there has been a gradual shift in the way electricity is produced and consumed across the state. The change is not unique to Colorado, but the way it is happening here makes this story special.

    In 2017, Xcel Energy announced further plans to retire existing coal plants and invest in more natural gas and renewable energy as part of the proposed Colorado Energy Plan.

    Is this the end for coal in Colorado?

    This documentary includes a brief history of the coal industry in Colorado, a discussion of groundbreaking energy policy, and perspectives from local leaders in the energy sector.

    Directed and produced by David Ganske.


    Bill Ritter
    Governor of Colorado, 2007 – 2011

    Erin Overturf
    Clean Energy Program, Western Resource Advocates

    John Hickenlooper
    Governor of Colorado, 2011 – 2019

    Alice Jackson
    President, Xcel Energy Colorado

    Stan Dempsey
    President, Colorado Mining Association

    Rick Gilliam
    Program Director, Vote Solar

    Matt Baker
    Colorado Public Utilities Commission, 2008 – 2012