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 …

Colorado steps toward decarbonization in 2019, agenda for 2020

15 years ago, Colorado’s two top electricity providers were determined to build large coal plants and continue to invest in fossil fuel generation, adding millions of tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and oceans and standing in the way of using Colorado’s abundant wind, solar, water and other renewable resources.  These corporate goals superseded citizen and ratepayer opposition, and …

What Labor Wants in Colorado, for a Green New Deal

This project was commissioned by the Colorado AFL-CIO and supported financially by these organizations: Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers (CSCEW); United Association (UA) Local 208; Colorado AFL-CIO; Colorado Building & Construction Trades Council; Boilermakers Local 101; SMART-Transportation Division; Service Employees Industrial Union (SEIU) Local 105 (SEIU one of the largest unions in the country with more than 2 million …

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 …