As one in four Coloradans qualify for aid on their energy bills, and we leave the hottest summer ever to hit the globe -- It seems like a bad time to be introducing a new fuel, which could drive up climate pollution while threatening to increase our utility bills by thousands of dollars a year.
But for Xcel, all construction is good construction -- it's how they make a profit. That's why Xcel is introducing a new pilot project in Adams County -- preparing to blend hydrogen into the fuel supply.
The problems are clear. Hydrogen blending, a process that mixes fossil fuels in with hydrogen, extends the life of our gas pipeline system by claiming it can be made "clean" with the use of hydrogen. Meanwhile, that hydrogen is made (more than 99% of the time) with fossil fuels, and is super inefficient: so as a fuel, it can be worse for climate than coal.
Hydrogen blending is also expensive -- AND explosive. Xcel's pilot project will cost $6.3M and affect less than 250 homes, for only two years. With that money, Xcel could've fully moved more than 300 homes to electricity -- making a major climate impact and protecting folks from future gas price hikes. Electric appliances don't explode -- but hydrogen does, at up to four times the rate of our gas system.
If Xcel wants hydrogen to feed our energy supply, we'll pay more than 10x the energy cost of our current system, while quadrupling our risk of explosions -- horrible for people, but no issue for profit.
Join the hundreds saying no to hydrogen -- tell Adams County officials to reject this pilot, protect our air, and protect our wallets.
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