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PUC OKs 2-year plan advocates say puts end to install "solar coaster" 25.11.2014 Denver Post: Business
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission Monday approved a two-year new plan for rooftop and community solar installations in a move to offer more stability to the ...
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Congress, EPA may have different power plans 19.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
After 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are in control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Many American voters may wonder if this means another legislative session filled with gridlock. Both Republicans and Democrats hope this is not the case, and plan to compromise throughout 2014’s session. This pledge to compromise extends to an issue highly contested in Moffat County, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan . On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to its Clean Power Plan as a part of President Barack Obama’s climate change goals. The EPA’s proposed rule requires existing power plans to cut carbon emissions beginning in 2020 and extending through 2029, through a “phase-in” approach, according to the text of the proposed rule on the Federal Register. Since June and throughout his tenure, the President has continued to make reducing carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy a top priority for his remaining two ...
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Mid-valley homes featured on annual green building tour 4.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Standing next to a $6,000 bank of solar batteries in the mechanical room of a remote Routt County home, Tom McCarthy points out the connected monitoring system, explaining how the technology serves as the brains of his entirely off-grid home. “This system has been working great,” said McCarthy, founder and co-owner of Brightside Solar, to a dozen or so local residents there to see the sustainable efforts of the homeowner. The home was one of three residences toured by about 30 locals Sunday as part of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Clean Energy Collective Green Building Tour. Using newer technology, McCarthy and Matthew Piva, co-owner at Brightside Solar, are able to monitor how the solar panel system is working remotely, checking usage and efficiency without making the trip to the rural home, up a steep and windy dirt road off of Routt County Road 14. “I’m interested to see what other people are doing,” said Steamboat resident Gates Gooding, who attended the tour. “I’m looking for ideas for ...
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After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom — and glut 2.11.2014 Denver Post: Business
Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.
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Science fiction ideas that should be reality 31.10.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
We asked six experts: What idea from science fiction would you most like to see become reality?
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After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom—and glut 30.10.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.
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Mark Udall, Cory Gardner up on air with energy ads 25.10.2014 Denver Post: All Political News
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall smiles in another ad, this one talking about the Democrat's "long record of supporting Colorado s leading best-of-the-above approach to energy.
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Federal Center in Lakewood saves millions through green initiatives 23.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
The General Services Administration is increasingly focused on environmental innovation while also saving taxpayer dollars, and the 624-acre Federal Center in Lakewood has become a testing ground for sustainable technologies.
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The benefits of wind energy in Colorado 16.10.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
Clean energy is creating real opportunities and prosperity in Colorado.Earlier this year, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation reported that over 18,000 Coloradans were employed in the state's red-hot clean tech sector that has now grown to over 1,400 companies in the nine-county metro Denver area.
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Election Guide 2014: Udall, Gardner face off; Libertarian hails from Steamboat 14.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Website: www.markudall.com After one term in the Colorado House of Representatives, Udall was elected congressman from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Boulder. After five terms in the House of Representatives, he was elected senator in 2008. Issues ■ Federal debt and spending: Udall says he introduced a Constitutional amendment that requires the federal government to balance its budget every year and led a successful effort to ban Congressional earmarks in an effort to reduce “wasteful government spending.” ■ Affordable Care Act: He says he fought to ban insurers from discriminating against Coloradans with pre-existing conditions and stop companies from canceling plans when a family member gets sick. “We had a broken system when insurance companies were in charge.” ■ Water: He says: “We need clean water to fish and swim in, and to supply our towns and irrigate our crops ... Environmental protection does not have to come at the expense of economic growth. Since the landmark ...
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Solar in the desert finally gets some scrutiny 9.10.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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The 21st century's Hoover Dam? 8.10.2014 High Country News Most Recent
What a huge Wyoming wind and Utah storage project tell us about the West's energy landscape.
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Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns 25.9.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit
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A plan for California desert conservation comes online 24.9.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Will it stop more solar and wind projects from being built in the wrong places?
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Wyoming wind farm energy would go to L.A. 24.9.2014 Denver Post: Business
Wyoming — already the site for the nation's biggest wind farm project — would be home to another $8 billion wind farm under a proposal unveiled by four companies ...
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Our View: To invest in solar energy or not? 24.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Last week, the Steamboat Today r eported on the Routt County commissioners' hesitation to invest in the community solar garden that is being constructed in Craig, and that response by the commission left us a little mystified. It’s perplexing that Routt County, which successfully operates one of the largest solar arrays in the region on the top of the Routt County Justice Center, is reluctant to buy into a similar project on a smaller scale knowing how much money it has saved by investing in solar. According to County Facilities Director Tim Winter, the county paid $8 per watt for solar panels on the Justice Center seven years ago and has since recouped $60,000 in renewable energy credits and $24,000 in reduced energy bills. The pre-construction cost currently being quoted by Clean Energy Collective is as low as $2.75 per watt, so in simple terms, any investment the county makes in the solar garden will more than pay for itself and seems like a wise investment. We appreciate the county’s desire to ...
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Climate change: Businesses and investors pressing for green policy 23.9.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.
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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy 23.9.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.
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Global marches draw attention to climate change 21.9.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
NEW YORK (AP) — Accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan and other cities around the world on Sunday to urge policy makers to take action on climate change.
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Tom Schatz: An environmental waste of breath 20.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Environmental issues have been front and center in Colorado this year. No wonder: The state’s natural beauty is perhaps its greatest treasure. As I rode the gondola to the top of Thunderhead last night, I knew I was the latest visitor to the Yampa Valley to reach this realization. Yet in the midst of the discussions about fracking, the future of the coal industry, balancing preservation with development and other important issues, one topic has remained relatively hidden: renewable electricity standards. There are 30 states with mandatory RES laws already on the books; the federal government has not yet established a national standard. Under the state laws, energy users are forced to pay for a certain percentage of renewable resources, regardless of cost or other considerations. Mounting evidence shows that these policies have been a colossal failure. Nonetheless, some legislators want to lead the fight to establish a national 25 percent renewable energy standard, whether or not a state wants to ...
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