In New Mexico it’s estimated that by 2030, oil and gas extraction will produce as much carbon dioxide as 141 coal-fired power plants. CO & NM Governors need to ramp down extraction.

Renewable energy and electrification of transportation and buildings are all within reach. But we can’t effectively mobilize these alternatives while simultaneously condoning increases in oil and gas extraction. With fossil fuels, there are no win-win solutions when it comes to the climate crisis. We either fully move away from the production and consumption of coal, oil and gas, or fail. …

Xcel’s Pueblo Unit 3, one of the west’s newest coal plants, ran out of lubricant when restarted after recent repairs. It is out over half of the year. Retired it?

November 11, 2020 by Allen Best The Comanche 3 coal plant began generating electricity in May 2010, and it was expected to continue operations until 2069. The cost of coal compared to renewables several years ago made that problematic. Based on several recent sessions at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Xcel Energy may have to explain why it shouldn’t be closed far, …

As Coal Giant Peabody Warns Of Return To Bankruptcy — How Biden Infrastructure Programs Could Save Miners

Ken Silverstein Senior Contributor The world’s largest coal producer, Peabody Energy BTU -23%, is at risk of going bankrupt for the second time in five years. It’s all a function of the demand for coal, especially now during the coronavirus. But the potential trouble is indicative of something much bigger — the transition from coal to natural gas and renewables.  The future …

Bosselman: Colorado doesn’t need a useless rail line. It needs true high-speed rail

By ANDY BOSSELMAN  Denver Post, November 8, 2020 Momentum is building for a new passenger rail line that would extend 191 miles from Fort Collins to Pueblo. According to a survey for the Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, such a line has overwhelming public support. Significant federal funding could become available, too. But don’t imagine yourself zipping around on a high-speed …

Comanche 3 coal-burning power plant called “a dog” as regulators launch probe of what has kept it out of service since June

Xcel Energy’s $1.3-billion 750-megawatt Comanche 3 coal-fired unit, shown here in a Jan. 26, 2020, photo, went into operation in 2010. It’s the state’s largest coal-burning power plant. (Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun) By Mark Jaffe, Colorado Sun, Oct 29, 2020 Xcel Energy customers have been paying for the $1.3 billion plant since it opened in Pueblo 10 …

People are thinking beyond coal in Craig

The Craig Station coal-burning power plant in Moffat County is pictured Feb. 27, 2020. Tri-State Generation plans to close the plant by 2030. Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost, Colorado Sun. Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader economy is beginning …

Water Connects the San Luis Valley, which is once again the target of a water export proposal which threatens our communities and way of life

Our economy, culture and community are connected to agriculture. The some 1,600 farms and ranches in the Valley are the region’s economic engine. With less than 7″ of precipitation annually, the Valley’s crops require irrigation to grow.   Exporting water out of the basin to the Front Range would mean less water for irrigated agriculture. A plan being proposed by Renewable Water Resources will remove …

CO PUC required to use a social carbon cost of $46 per ton beginning in 2020 when evaluating new investments in utility resource plans: now for evaluating existing generation!

Minnesota and Washington apply the social cost of carbon in energy resource planning, while New York and Illinois use it to set payments to nuclear generators. Metrics were developed by a federal interagency working group from 2009 to 2016 and these guidelines remain the primary reference. Kevin Rennert, director of the Social Cost of Carbon Initiative at the Washington D.C.-based …

2020 appointees to the Colorado AQCC

https://www.cpr.org/2020/08/18/colorado-air-quality-control-commission-climate-change-policy/ Over the next few months, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is scheduled to consider plans to meet ambitious goals to reduce Colorado’s contribution to climate change.  Only now the citizen panel will be missing some of its most vocal advocates for reducing emissions and improving air quality.  Last Friday evening, Gov. Jared Polis announced he had decided not to …

The Polis Administration gives conflicting excuses for why it missed a deadline to plan for reducing GHGs. Now the state faces a lawsuit. Colorado businesses ask the state to step up.

State’s excuses parallel arguments by climate deniers: 1) there is no problem, 2) if there was a problem, we can’t be sure it is our responsibility, 3) if it is, we really can’t do anything about it. “The state has fully complied with the requirement in SB19-096 to propose rulemakings that would be necessary to meet the HB 19-1261,” Conor …