Observations on the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 Including Projections to 2020 and 2030

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released its draft “Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 Including Projections to 2020 and 2030” on July 5th.  That report provides actual statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data through 2015, and projected GHG emissions for 2020 and 2030. Some observations: Statewide GHG emissions in 2015 were 1% HIGHER than they were in …

Federal court revives long-fought lawsuit in Colorado challenging TABOR

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court said the local governments do have a right to sue. The court didn’t rule on the merits of the lawsuit. July 22, 2019 A federal court has revived a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s limits on taxes and spending. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said a lower court erred when it ruled that …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …

Babies born near oil and gas wells have congenital heart defects

By Julie Conley, Commondreams, July 24, 2019 | EDUCATE! Researchers At The University Of Colorado Studied Pregnant Women Who Are Among The 17 Million Americans Living Within A Mile From An Active Oil Or Gas Well “Looking at where mothers lived immediately before pregnancy and during the first critical weeks after conception and what was going on at nearby fracking wells, researchers found startling …

Colorado Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee

Erin Reynolds, Principal Fiscal Analyst, 303-866-4146Jeanette Chapman, Research Analyst, 303-866-4657Matt Bishop, Research Analyst, 303-866-4796 SummaryThis memorandum outlines the 2019 Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee’s membership, charge, meeting schedule, bill limits, and bill deadlines. The Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee is a ten-member legislative committee that is authorized to meet over the 2019 legislative interim. Committee members are appointed …

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. …