Energy in Colorado

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For Energy in Colorado information, data and maps, go to U.S. Energy Information Administration Colorado State Energy Profile and Energy Estimates.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2010, Colorado's renewable electricity net generation has more than tripled, led by increased wind and solar, and accounted for 30% of the state's total generation in 2020
  • Colorado ranked seventh among U.S. states in installed wind power capacity in 2020

Source: EIA; last updated: March 18, 2021

Energy in Colorado Resources

Propane in Colorado

Propane is used for home heating, cooking water heating, drying crops and as a transportation fuel. Despite significant propane production in Colorado, the state is vulnerable to shortfalls due to a lack of pipeline and storage infrastructure. For more information about propane and how it is supplied in Colorado, visit the Colorado Propane Gas Association and U.S. Energy Information Administration Heating Oil and Propane Update.

In 2021, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) updated the state's Colorado Energy Assurance Emergency Plan. The agencies engaged with stakeholders related to potential electric, natural gas and liquid fuels emergencies including Suncor Refinery, Xcel Energy, petroleum marketers and the Colorado Propane Gas Association to inform the plan update. CEO is primarily responsible for liquid fuels energy emergencies, including petroleum and propane, while the PUC is primarily responsible for electric and natural gas energy emergencies.

In March 2020, Governor Polis issued EXECUTIVE ORDER D 2020 012 which directed CEO to work with providers, trade associations and consumers of propane to evaluate impacts related to COVID-19 and report relevant recommendations to the Governor to mitigate impacts related to COVID-19: COVID-19 IMPACTS TO PROPANE HOME HEATING AND RECOMMENDATIONS  AS DIRECTED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER D 2020 012 - April 2020.

map of Colorado homes heated with propane