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Category: Renewable Energy :: General
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LPEA board candidates talk issues (Cached) 23.4.2014 Durango Herald
Renewable energy and responsibility to community x2013 all couched in reasonable dialog x2013 dominated a La Plata Electric Association board candidate forum Tuesday.Ballots will be mailed May 1.About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by the Durango Chamber of Commerce at the DoubleTree Hotel to hear five candidates...
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City of Steamboat reviews LEED certification requirements 18.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs is researching green energy standards in anticipation of a request from the local development community to reduce the costs associated with energy efficiency certifications such as LEED and Green Globes . In her most recent staff report, City Manager Deb Hinsvark wrote that the Steamboat Springs City Council soon might hear a request to drop the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification requirement for single family and duplex construction in the mountain base area. The requirement is part of the mountain base area design standards, which supplement the community development code and govern construction in four Steamboat zone districts near the mountain. The city also has its own separate green building standards that apply to development in all areas. One of the issues that has been raised, Steamboat Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said, is the cost of having a third party come out to perform an inspection to certify the building as LEED or one of ...
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Do you want renewable energy? 14.4.2014 Durango Herald
La Plata Electrical Association is getting into gardening x2013 solar gardening.LPEAx2019s board of directors has approved a policy agreement with four community solar gardens that will allow its customers to purchase or invest in solar panels to offset their electrical costs.Policy 366, as LPEA is calling it, will set...
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Town’s energy use creeps back up in 2013 9.4.2014 Telluride: News
In 2006, the Town of Telluride pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to 7 percent below 2005 levels by 2012, and three years later replaced that goal with an even more ambitious pledge to reduce emissions to 20 percent below those levels by 2020.
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Letter: Utah leaders missing out on economic boom from renewable energy 9.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Re Sunday’s Tribune letter “Paltry solar farm” and op-ed piece “RMP is stuck in a coal-centric mentality”: I might have given the op-ed piece a different title such as “Utah is addicted to oil!” Oh, wait, those were George Bush’s words. Let’s try “Utah is stuck in a fossil fuel mentality.” I worry that Utah, with some of the worst air quality in the country, is falling further and further behind the rest of the world by refusing to mandate substantive reductions in carbon emissions. Utah has b...
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The energy haves and have-nots 8.4.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and leave other power users in the dark?
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Hydrogen car intrigues at "green" car show 7.4.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado's only commercial hydrogen-powered car made an appearance at an exhibition of "green" vehicles that drew about 100 window shoppers to the state Capitol on Sunday afternoon.
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How will British Columbia power its liquified natural gas industry? 4.4.2014 From the Blogs
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Apple gains in Greenpeace ranking of efficient Web companies 3.4.2014 Denver Post: Business
Greenpeace issued its annual report on the energy efficiency of Internet companies, praising Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and other major providers of online services for improved use of energy ...
Rocky Mountain Power to build first solar farm in Utah 26.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power is preparing to build its first Utah solar farm. The company announced Wednesday that it plans to build the farm at a still-undetermined location that will provide enough electricity for 500 homes through the use of 9,000 panels. It will be partially funded by the company’s Blue Sky program. “This is the first utility-sized solar project to be funded in part by Blue Sky customers and we plan to do more,” said Rocky Mountain Power President Richard Walje. “We are committed to...
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Go West, clean megawatts 19.3.2014 Current Issue
Nevada stakes its renewable energy future on California.
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Letter: RMP should use Blue Sky money for wind energy 19.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Melanie Florence’s letter of March 11 protesting SB208 (it deserves protesting) touches on another area that may also deserve protest: Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program (“SB208 lets Rocky Mountain Power overcharge solar users,” Forum). I enrolled in Blue Sky early, believing my contributions were supporting the development of renewable energy, specifically wind energy — the signature picture is a (presumably) power-generating windmill! When I discovered my funds might be being entirely u...
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City of Durango makes return to all-green power purchases 11.3.2014 Durango Herald
The city of Durango, after a five-year hiatus, is going to buy 100 percent green power from La Plata Electric Association this year.Customers pay a premium x2013 9 cents per 100 kilowatt hours over and above the going rate x2013 for electricity produced from nonfossil fuels, such as solar, hydro or wind.LPEA will buy...
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As Colorado legislature enters second half, budget is among top priorites 9.3.2014 Headlines: All Headlines

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Steamboat City Council to consider solar garden proposals Tuesday night 4.3.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night could decide whether the city should buy into a new solar garden planned for Craig. The alternative energy option comes as city staff is recommending the council start to devise a new energy purchase and usage policy that could help guide the city's future energy decisions. Anne Small, the city's director of general services, said council will have to take into consideration that the solar garden is a “limited opportunity that may not be around until we finish this (new energy) policy.” Elected officials in Steamboat and Routt County last month expressed interest in the Clean Energy Collective's new solar array that is projected to provide 577 kilowatts of clean power capacity from 1,922 solar panels. City staff in November asked the Clean Energy Collective for two proposals to replace the energy usage at Centennial Hall and the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Each would require a significant up-front capital investment with the ...
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Letter: State should be promoting, building solar, wind projects 28.2.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Unlike in the past, today we possess the solar and wind technology that would allow Utah to produce more clean energy than we could consume. Our government should be focusing on how to offer economic incentives for clean energy production, rather than helping utilities to make it more expensive. Where are the massive wind and solar projects developed in the last 10 years along the Wasatch Front? The bottom line is: If we want clean air we have to wean ourselves from fossil fuels and start buildi...
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Telluride could add hydro to its energy mix 25.2.2014 Telluride: News
As part of its ongoing quest for renewable energy, the Town of Telluride is considering adding a new source of hydropower to its energy mix.
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Will Utah empower consumers, businesses to buy renewable energy? 25.2.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Making snow requires a lot of electricity. Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort, along with other Summit County businesses, wants to obtain power from wind, sun and other renewable sources that don’t emit greenhouse gases. That kind of choice, while available in six other states, is not available in Utah. But it could be, if state lawmakers figure out a way for consumers and businesses to buy green power without shifting the costs of transmission to other ratepayers. “It’s a tough deal to work throu...
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Letter: RMP is resisting inevitable switch to renewables 20.2.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Regarding HB110, the bill that would allow customers to purchase power from renewable sources more easily, arguments against it by Rocky Mountain Power smack of the age-old knee-jerk resistance to change. Just as curbside recycling is now ubiquitous, use of plastic shopping bags are frowned upon, and hybrid or electric vehicles are becoming desirable commodities, renewable energy sources such as solar power will also eventually be a given. Our current reliance on coal and other fossil fuels i...
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Bill to allow counties to buy bulk amounts of renewable energy stalls 19.2.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Allowing Utah counties to make bulk purchases of electricity from renewable sources may sound good on paper, but such arrangements could be a logistical nightmare and raise power costs, according to testimony before a House panel Tuesday. After hearing from several witnesses, the House Political Subdivisions Committee voted to not act on HB110, but instead recommended it for interim study to work out its bugs. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, was intended to allow cities a...
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