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 …

Transition: People are thinking beyond coal in Craig, CO

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, Nov. 1, 2020 Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader …

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 …

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea issues and efforts in Colorado

Some history of GSE from a journalist ( Cara DeGette) . Journalist view ( Michele Swenson) that ties it all together. Alternative to I-70: https://youtu.be/YzWyb6LsLrc Storm Water Drain & I-70: https://vimeo.com/169650756 (ties it together) EPA VB/I-70 Site: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0801646 CDOT Settlement for GSE /I-70: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/settlement-reached-on-central-70-project Note that the lawyer for CDOT on this settlement is now at CDPHE  the health assessment is gearing up …

Re-thinking housing and commuting in Boulder

Abigail Bradford and James Horrox, Frontier Group; Danny Katz, Copirg Foundation; Travis Madsen and Mathew Frommer, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project August 8, 2019 https://frontiergroup.org/sites/default/files/reports/FINAL%20-%20Boulder%20Growing%20Greener.pdf By combining policies that encourage compact development, sustainable transportation and green building practices, Boulder can help to address global warming, improve the quality of our air and water, and protect Colorado’s undeveloped areas from sprawling development. The inability …

Rocky Mountain Fracker Extraction Oil Greased the Political Skids in Colorado: Before filing for bankruptcy, company spent millions to influence local regulations affecting its business

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rocky-mountain-fracker-extraction-oil-greased-the-political-skids-in-colorado-11600853402 Erin Martinez argued for stricter regulations on oil-and-gas companies during a commission hearing in Greeley, Colo., last year. Ms. Martinez lost her husband and her brother in a 2017 explosion linked to the industry. PHOTO: ALEX MCINTYRE/ASSOCIATED PRESS By Peg Brickley, Sept. 23, 2020 In the two years before it went bankrupt in June, Extraction Oil & Gas Inc. funneled more than $10 million into political …

Colorado’s GHG Roadmap announces what could have been said by the Administration the month after its signing

Colo. Public Radio Sam Brasch September 30, 2020 The full brunt of climate change is bearing down on Colorado.  The recent summer brought drought, record-high heat and two of the three biggest fires in state history. According to scientists, it’s likely only a preview. Unless people can rapidly reduce their dependence on greenhouse gas emissions, those effects will only grow worse in Colorado and across the rest …