Tri-State looking at asking federal energy agency to set its electric rates

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, June 14, 2019 Less than a month after a new law took effect that requires state approval of Tri-State’s plans, a utility that delivers wholesale electricity to rural cooperatives across Colorado is looking at placing itself under federal regulation. Westminster-based Tri State Generation and Transmission Association is talking with its board of directors about having its rates …

Coal-fired generation in Colorado’s energy portfolio is economically unviable, and it’s burdening electricity customers with extra costs when compared with cheaper wind and solar

BY GRACE HOOD | GRACE.HOOD@CPR.ORG JUN 26, 2019 Retiring Colorado’s fleet of coal-fired power plants could cut carbon and save utility customers billions of dollars, according to a new analysis by the Sierra Club.  The study looked at the economic impact of replacing 10 coal units in the state with cheaper wind and solar. The Sierra Club hired the consulting firm Strategen to examine different …

Colorado aviation company aims to usher in new era with electric planes. Bye Aerospace seeking FAA certification of its all-electric general aviation aircraft.

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, June 20, 2019 George Bye, an Air Force fighter pilot, engineer and entrepreneur, sees electric airplanes as a way to secure the future of the aviation industry he has devoted his life to. The impetus behind his conviction starts with an “E” — economics. “It’s not just cool, it’s green and clean. That’s awesome,” Bye …

New Deal Infrastructure: The Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of Colorado’s treasured landmarks

The height of CCC enrollment was reached in the summer of 1935 with over half a million men scattered across two 2,600 camps. Each of these camps typically housed about 200 men. Most of the recruits were assigned to the Department of Agriculture, where they were primarily engaged in protecting and enhancing forests under the direction of the US Forest Service. …

Update from Clean Energy Action

Clean Energy Action based nearby in Colorado has long advocated for transition planning and assistance for coal-dependent workers and their communities. This year the Colorado State Legislature passed HB19-1314 (“Just Transition from Coal Act”) to begin addressing this issue in our state, but the planning and implementation for HB19-1314 will likely take several years at least. In early 2018, Clean …

Decarbonizing Colorado, including Polis’ Roadmap to 100% Renewable Energy by 2040 and Bold Climate Action

Colorado electricity is still 73% fossil fueled despite much cheaper wind and solar, even with batteries. Colorado has also been dealing with dangerously heavy ozone and continued increasing temperatures will make future ozone levels worse. Hotter temperatures are increasing ozone levels “That (EPA) standard of 70 parts per billion has been set to protect human health. If we are violating …

Glenwood Springs City Council in April approved a resolution to buy all of Glennwood Electric’s electricity from wind power supplied by Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

Colorado city to become one of the first in US to run completely on renewable energy The Hill | Justin Wise Glenwood Springs, Colo., is set to become the latest U.S. city to run entirely on renewable energy. “We are very excited to announce that Glenwood Springs will soon be operated on one hundred percent renewable electricity,” Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes …

Bankrupt coal companies shown to have been funding denialism and attacking citizens’ groups as ‘dangerous radicals’

Lee Fang, The Intercept, May 16 2019 THE BANKRUPTCY OF one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming. The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on …

Guzman Energy proposal would finance retirement of Tri-State coal plants, add 1.2 gigawatts of new wind and solar power

5/28/2019 By Joe Smyth | joe@cleancooperative.com | @joesmyth Guzman Energy is proposing a deal that would help Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association meet Colorado and New Mexico’s new clean energy policies, by replacing nearly half of Tri-State’s remaining coal fleet with 1.2 gigawatts of new wind and solar power projects, along with a mix of energy storage and natural gas. Guzman Energy executives said …