Aspen's Hydro HistoryAspen voters narrowly rejected a new hydroelectric power plant in November after a contentious and controversial campaign.
Today, Aspen relies on renewable hydropower for about 40 percent of its electricity. But before 1958, Aspen got all its power from hydro, and in 1885 it became the first town west of the Mississippi to have electricity.
Writer and Aspen Times columnist Paul Anderson wrote the history of Aspen's electric utility, "Power in the Mountains." Today on NRG with MG, Paul Andersen discusses the more recent local history of renewables with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason, beginning with the decision that closed down the hydro plant that once supplied all of Aspen's electricity with extra left over to sell downvalley.