By Jerry Brown
There's an interesting story in today's Denver Post about billionaire rancher Louis Bacon's opposition to plans by Xcel Energy and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to build a transmission line across his ranch in southern Colorado.
There's a delicious irony to this story. Many environmentalists who probably would be on Bacon's side if the transmission line was designed to move electricity from traditional power plants see him as a villain because the line would serve giant solar-energy farms in the San Luis Valley.
New transmission lines, like the one opposed by Bacon, are essential for Colorado's goal of increasing the use of renewable energy.
But Bacon's opposition along with other local opposition to similar facilities elsewhere in the state are good reminders that "clean" and "environmentally friendly" are sometimes in the eye of the beholder. And bringing more green energy to the state will require negotiations that weren't foreseen even a few years ago.