The Colorado Legislature convened for three days in January to swear in new members and meet constitutional obligations, but due to COVID-19, the main work of the session will not begin until mid-February.
Responding to climate change is a priority. Gov. Jared Polis has released a road map with a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2040. We talked to Democratic Sen. Chris Hansen, Senate District 31, about the work we can expect from this year’s session.
Hansen is known as a legislator that understands and can shape Colorado energy policy, backing it with his professional accomplishments and impressive educational chops: He has a BSc in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University; a graduate diploma of civil engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a master of science degree in technology policy from MIT; and a doctorate in economic geography from Oxford University.
He was chosen as one of 15 leaders nationwide to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a national network of rising state and local elected officials. Hansen’s expertise also comes from working in the environmental/energy sector, including with renewable energy and electricity companies for more than 20 years. Hansen was a senior director at IHS Markit, leading a worldwide portfolio of energy products, events and partnership.