Colorado Projects



Advancing a Regional Power Market

A regional power market efficiently deploys the lowest-cost energy from across the region to meet the needs of an expanded geographic footprint, thereby lowering costs. And, through lower energy prices, a regional market can spur economic growth. Lower electricity prices translate into greater household income, and more income to spend can stimulate local economies. A regional power market would also mean that our utilities could more cost-effectively and reliably integrate larger amounts of renewable energy onto our electric grid in the West.




Rate Design

Well-designing electric rates are good for customers and the planet




Chevron Tar Sands & Water Use

The Chevron court case brought by Western Resource Advocates for the first time confirmed the huge quantities of water oil shale development will require. This is important information for states and federal agencies to consider before approving new development.




Colorado River Headwaters

Growing communities can meet their future water needs in ways that protect our rivers, economy, and exceptional quality of life. WRA advocates for water management in the 21st century involving high levels of water conservation, water reuse, and partnering with agriculture.




Colorado Water Plan

The Colorado Water Plan needs more work to help achieve a smart water future. Western Resource Advocates is leading efforts to shape a strong Colorado Water Plan to protect our rivers.




Community Assistance for Water and Land Use Planning

Western Resource Advocates provides training and support to Colorado communities to help them implement practices to grow water-smart. We offer expert staff and consultant support free of charge to partnering communities to help them design new guidelines, regulations or programs to advance land use that uses less water.




Dolores River, CO

Western Resource Advocates supports environmental water rights protection for the Dolores River in western Colorado. This visually stunning river flows through Colorado’s red rock sandstone canyon country and is also home to three native fishes that are struggling to survive.




Energy and Water Nexus

Water needs and energy needs are tightly linked. Generating energy – particularly at fossil-fueled power plants – requires a lot of water and pumping, treating, and using water requires a lot of energy. This synergy creates many opportunities for energy and water planners to reduce both energy and water demands.