Case Study

Front Range Change

The Story of the Transition Away From Coal Toward Natural Gas and Renewable Energy in Colorado. A documentary film by DG+Design.


The energy landscape in Colorado is changing. Over the past 15 years, there has been a gradual shift in the way electricity is produced and consumed across the state. The change is not unique to Colorado, but the way it is happening here makes this story special. In 2017, Xcel Energy announced further plans to retire existing coal plants and invest in more natural gas and renewable energy as part of the proposed Colorado Energy Plan. Is this the end for coal in Colorado? This documentary includes a brief history of the coal industry in Colorado, a discussion of groundbreaking energy policy, and perspectives from local leaders in the energy sector.

Directed and produced by David Ganske.

Watch the film on Amazon Prime Video

Front Range Change: Trailer


Bill Ritter
Governor of Colorado, 2007 – 2011

Erin Overturf
Clean Energy Program, Western Resource Advocates

John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado, 2011 – 2019

Alice Jackson
President, Xcel Energy Colorado

Stan Dempsey
President, Colorado Mining Association

Rick Gilliam
Program Director, Vote Solar

Matt Baker
Colorado Public Utilities Commission, 2008 – 2012


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