ZEV policy discussion in Colorado

If Colorado becomes a Zero Emission Vehicle state, automakers must make 5% of their inventory electric vehicles by 2023. Automakers, however, offered an alternate EV plan MAY 13, 2019 The Colorado Sun — tamara@coloradosun.com A controversial move to adopt California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate is now heading down a divided road after the state’s rule-making body agreed to consider new regulations. In one …

Denver area sees more school shootings by population than nation’s largest metro areas, analysis shows

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post Parents pick up their children at the Highlands Ranch Recreation Center at Northridge after the shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. By MEG WINGERTER | mwingerter@denverpost.com | The Denver Post May 12, 2019 at 6:00 am  Denver’s final two candidates for mayor each have a path to victory Living, breathing smart communities …

Energy resilience planning on a local/regional basis in Colorado

Energy efficiency and solar coupled with storage are both examples of resilience options that can provide benefit year-round. While end-use efficiency does not in itself provide power during an outage, it allows for more critical services to be delivered with limited generation capacity. Year-round, increased efficiency lowers energy demand and costs. On-site solar and storage can provide backup power when the grid goes …

Meet the Guy Who Helped Outlaw Fracking Bans In Colorado (By Banning Fracking)

BY SAM BRASCH | SAM.BRASCH@CPR.ORG APR 8, 2019 A lone pump jack in a field south of Dacono, April 2, 2019. Hart Van Denburg/CPR News The scenario that led Ken Crumb to take on the oil and gas industry probably sounds familiar. An explosion in a city north of Denver. A building destroyed. People suspicious of a connection to nearby fracking operations. Officials conducting …

Colorado Legislative Accomplishments in their short season, Jan-first week of May 2019

Hi, GBC and GBC members did so much great work this year!  We couldn’t work on everything so it was interesting to look through a longer list of what was achieved – excerpted everything that could affect businesses and those we hire… https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/07/colorado-legislative-session-2019-bills-passed-list/ For women who work: The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Senate Bill 85, seeks to ensure gender pay equity …

How Colorado’s electric vehicle laws changed this session

Colorado Sun, May 2019, Tamara@ColoradoSun.com Rivian, the buzzy automaker promising an electric pick-up truck by late 2020, had state lawmakers’ attention during the legislative session — if only for a few minutes. In those moments during a House committee hearing last month, a representative from the Michigan company shared that Colorado has a special place in the company’s future. “In …

Polisometer from the Colorado Sun – in 2016 Colorado utilities generated just over 20% of electricity from renewable sources, mainly wind. Jared Polis set a goal for 100×40

Evaluation of new Gov. Jared Polis’ progress on campaign promises, by the Colorado Sun, April 17 2019 The Promise: Reach 100% renewable energy by 2040 Progress: In Progress The Quote: “We can reach 100% renewable energy by 2040 or sooner.” The Context: When Polis talks about 100% renewable energy, he is referring to the state’s electric grid. As of 2016, the last year …